THE 13-year schooling journey of Redlands Year 12 students has come to an end today.
Seniors from local high schools were among about 50,000 Queensland students to graduate today.
It was a challenging year for the class of 2020, who were set to be a historic cohort even before COVID-19 hit.
They were the first to start high school in Year 7, and were the first to undertake the new Queensland Certificate of Education system, which saw them sit subject-based external assessments and receive an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank, rather than an Overall Position.
Throughout their senior year, the global pandemic meant they also had to navigate challenges like online schooling, cancelled school and extracurricular events and modified formals and graduation ceremonies.
The traditional Schoolies celebration will also look different for many students, with official Gold Coast events called off due to COVID-19.
At graduation ceremonies today, many handshakes and hugs were replaced with COVID-safe elbow bumps, but it did not dampen the excitement of graduating seniors, who will now head out into the world for work or further study.
Redlands high schools were invited to contribute photos from their graduation ceremonies to include in the Redland City Bulletin photo gallery. More images will be added to the gallery as they are sent in.
If you have a graduation photo to contribute, send it in to firstname.lastname@example.org.