As you saw on the front page of this issue, last week was Graduation weekend in Coronach, or commencement as we call it as the students haven’t truly graduated.
There is always plenty of discussion about the time of year that each school choses to celebrate the end of Grade 12, but I certainly like it where it is. Or I don’t really care enough to complain about it anyways! I do believe one of the arguments against May Grads is because the kids haven’t actually graduated, but that argument doesn’t really hold water for the end of the year either as most students wouldn’t have all of their marks back yet.
I graduated on May 21, 1982 - on the May long weekend. I don’t really remember one way or another how the long weekend played into the festivities. Not having all grads on the last day of school, certainly makes it a bit easier if you would like to attend the graduation of friends and family in other schools.
Back to the present! I really enjoyed this year’s ceremonies.
As always, everyone looked so beautiful. Of course the graduands had gorgeous dresses and smart suits, but so did family and friends of the guests of honour. I think it is great fun to see all of the kids dressed up for the event. The Sportsplex looked fabulous! Great job to everyone involved!
As well as a beautiful, joyous occasion, this year, as in far too many graduations in our community, the graduating group had suffered a recent loss to their class, so the air held a certain sadness as well.
I am sure it is a struggle for the class and the supervising staff to find the balance between honoring a lost friend and celebrating the milestones of the class.
I would like to commend the class and the staff on a beautiful ceremony that celebrated their achievements and showed the love and respect they share for their classmate, Kelsey. It was very touching that they chose to honour him with the fellowship award.
I also thought it was also thoughtful for the class to ask classmate Connor Ferrie to be the guest speaker. I thought he did a fabulous job of injecting humour into the evening and lightening the mood for everyone.
I would like to personally congratulate each of the kids and wish them well in their futures.
They have shown incredible strength and compassion and I am sure they will do well in all they do!
This past weekend was another busy one. . . I know, you are having trouble believing I was busy. If all went as planned, we went to Nokomis for my cousin Mark’s son Chase’s Grade 12 Grad and then home for Mother’s Day and Delaney’s confirmation.
Congratulations to all of those who were confirmed at our church, as well at the Catholic Church. Belated Happy Mother’s Day to my Mom and all of the other mothers out there.