For the Class of 2021, the recently held graduation ceremonies were more than a rite of passage marking the end of 12 or more years of schooling. They were moments of triumph for so many reasons. CSD graduates endured more than a year of loss. They adapted to quarantines and distance learning, and braved the uncertainty of not knowing if the hard work they were putting into artistic or athletic endeavors would pay off in performances, competitions, and state and regional championships. But it was also a year of renewed bonds, compassion, and strength as communities pulled together to comfort and support one another. In the end, Utah’s prevention measures took root to help slow the spread of COVID-19, enabling high school seniors to salvage such cherished traditions as dances, awards ceremonies and hard-earned commencement exercises. These celebratory events provided some of our students time to pause and reflect on all they’ve experienced and learned. In this episode of Connect Canyons, hear what some of our newly minted graduates have to say about life —and learning — during the era of COVID-19.