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Cape Breton University students' union renting gowns to grads

Shown is a file photo of a Cape Breton University building and sign. South Asian students at the school say they have experienced some racism since coming to Cape Breton from India, but those negatives experiences are generally outweighed by positive ones from friendly Cape Bretoners willing to help them in any way.
Shown is a file photo of a Cape Breton University building and sign. CONTRIBUTED

Cape Breton University graduates won't be able to celebrate in person but they can at least look the part.

The university's students' union is now offering a gown rental service for recent spring 2020 grads so they can have their photos taken.

Students' union president Amrinder Singh said a number of recent graduates asked if they could borrow gowns to capture the memory on film.

Graduates interested in renting a gown can contact the students union by filling out the online form at to book appointments, which will begin Oct. 15. A refundable $20 rental fee is required.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, CBU students are not currently allowed on campus. The students union will be setting up a pickup and drop-off location in downtown Sydney.

Singh said the students' union wants to continue to offer essential services to the student body while following provincial health and safety guidelines.

He said they also plan to offer the rental service for graduating students in the fall.

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