Sixth year music students from St. Mary's Secondary School, Ballina, decided to celebrate their graduation virtually, performing Time to Say Goodbye to close the ceremony.
"Because it was not possible to have our usual Graduation Ceremony with our Leaving Cert Students and their families, our school thought it was important to mark the occasion in some way for our girls, so we decided to host a 'virtual' Graduation ceremony," the school's music teacher Regina Deacy told Independent.ie.
"We created a 'live' event on our school 'Teams' software and streamed the event to students and their families families to watch in their homes. We posted out a gown, hat and certificate to each of them."
This song Time to Say Goodbye had been rehearsed by the students for the practical section of their Leaving Cert Music exam, which didn't go ahead with school closures.
"I thought as their music teacher that it would be nice for them to sing it together as a choir at this online Graduation ceremony one last time even if it was virtually!
"In the last two weeks, they all recorded their individual parts at home and sent in their videos which was engineered and complied by another Leaving cert student James Hackett in St Muredach's College in the town."