Graduation ceremonies in High River have been postponed until later this summer after the massive flooding that devastated that community. Many people are rebuilding their lives after losing everything, including those students who lost their grad dresses in the flood. After hearing the news, a group of sorority sisters decided to rally together to collect graduation dresses for High River’s graduating classes. 

Graduation is a night every girl should remember, but plans for the classes of 2013 were put on hold after the Highwood River burst its banks. Over 13,000 residents have had to leave their homes under a mandatory evacuation order. Many in the community have lost everything, including their graduation gowns.

After hearing about the need for dresses, the sorority, Delta Eta Iota, at the University of Lethbridge, stepped into action. The group is collecting grad dresses from its sisters and plans to donate them to the graduating classes. Others outside of the sorority have also begun to donate dresses. So far the group has collected over fifty dresses that they will be sending to High River next week with a hope their donations will make a memorable graduation night for those who have lost so much.

The grads are also looking for a place to hold their graduation ceremonies as their location in High River is unavailable due to flooding and many facilities in Calgary are already booked. If you have would like to donate a gown or help find a location for the events, please e-mail Delta Eta Iota at