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Peace Wapiti Public School Division No. 76
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PWSD to bid farewell to 378 graduates in the Class of 2016

May 03, 2016

The month of May will see the start of a succession of high school graduation ceremonies throughout Peace Wapiti Public School Division.

First up is PWSD's Grande Prairie-based high school, Peace Wapiti Academy, with a commencement ceremony for 110 graduates scheduled for 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 14 at Evergreen Park's ENTREC Centre. Students will return later that evening for a County Fair-themed grand march beginning at 6:30 p.m.

On Friday, May 20, Spirit River Regional Academy's 40 graduates will gather at 1:00 p.m. for a cap and gown ceremony at the Spirit River Arena, followed by a banquet at 6:00 p.m. and a grand march and candle of knowledge event at 7:30 p.m.

Ridgevalley School will host an intimate event for 10 graduates at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 21. The event, themed Don't Let Your Dreams be Dreams, will feature two guest speakers, teachers Dawn Chapman and Kent Bolton.

Beaverlodge Regional High School will bid a fond farewell to 135 graduates on Friday, May 27 at the Beaverlodge Arena with a cap and gown ceremony at 9:30 a.m. and grand march at 4:30 p.m. On the same day, Sexsmith Secondary School will send off 53 graduates during a cap and gown ceremony at 10:30 a.m., followed by a Great Gatsby-themed grand march event at 4:00 p.m. and banquet at 6:30 p.m. at the Sexsmith Arena.

Eaglesham School will honour 13 graduates on Saturday, June 4 at 7:00 p.m. in the school's gymnasium. The celebration will focus on the theme, Oh, the Places We Will Go, with guest speaker Lori Dirsa, Grade 1 teacher for the Class of 2016.

Superintendent Sheldon Rowe joins with school communities in offering best wishes and congratulations to all PWSD graduates.

"Congratulations to all our graduates. You have worked hard. I encourage you to take time to celebrate your accomplishments with your friends and families before moving on to the next stage of your life. On behalf of PWSD, we are proud of you and look forward to hearing about your future accomplishments."

Peace Academy of Virtual Education (PAVE), the Division's online school, will host a ceremony for five graduates on Friday, June 10, beginning at 11:30 a.m., followed by a barbecue lunch in Dunvegan.

Savanna School, the last of the Division's eight high schools to host a commencement event, takes a unique approach to its graduation ceremony. The school is proud of its "true" graduation tradition, and holds off on their celebration until diploma marks have been released by Alberta Education, ensuring that all students at the ceremony have actually met the requirements for graduation. The small school will say farewell to twelve graduates on Saturday, August 6 at the Savanna Rec Plex, starting with a dinner at 4:30 p.m., followed by the graduation ceremony at 6:30 p.m.

The following is a summary of the details of the 2016 PWSD graduation ceremonies:

SchoolDateEvent Details# of Graduates
Peace Wapiti AcademySaturday, May 14

Commencement Ceremony: 10:30 a.m.

Grand March: 6:30 p.m.

Theme: County Fair

Location: Evergreen Park's ENTREC Centre, Grande Prairie

Spirit River Regional AcademyFriday, May 20

Cap and Gown Ceremony: 1:00 p.m.

Banquet: 6:00 p.m.

Grand March and Candle of Knowledge: 7:30 p.m.

Location: Spirit River Arena

Ridgevalley SchoolSaturday, May 21

Ceremony: 3:00 p.m.

Theme: Don't Let Your Dreams be Dreams

Guest Speakers: Mrs. Dawn Chapman and Mr. Kent Bolton

Location: Ridgevalley School gymnasium

Beaverlodge Regional High SchoolFriday, May 27

Cap and Gown Ceremony: 9:30 a.m.

Grand March: 4:30 p.m.
Location: Beaverlodge Arena

Sexsmith Secondary SchoolFriday, May 27

Ceremony: 10:30 a.m.

Grand March: 4:00 p.m.

Banquet: 6:30 p.m.  

Theme: The Great Gatsby
Location: Sexsmith Arena

Eaglesham SchoolSaturday, June 4

Graduation ceremony: 7:00 p.m.

Theme: Oh, the Places We Will Go

Guest Speaker: Lori Dirsa, Class of 2016's Grade 1 teacher

Location: Eaglesham School gymnasium

Peace Academy of Virtual Education (PAVE)Friday, June 10Ceremony: 11:30 a.m., followed by a barbecue lunch
Location: Dunvegan
Savanna SchoolSaturday, August 6

Dinner: 4:30 p.m.

Ceremony: 6:30 p.m.

Location: Savanna Rec Plex

Total number of graduates for 2016378


In addition to the high school graduation events, nine schools will host farewell events for junior high students:

School/EventDateEvent Details
Elmworth School Grade 9 Graduation and Junior High Awards NightFriday, June 3Dinner at 6:00 p.m. followed by Grade 9 graduation ceremony and junior high awards at 7:30 p.m. in the school gymnasium.
Helen E. Taylor School Grade 9 FarewellThursday, June 9Photos at 6:30 p.m., ceremony at 7:00 p.m., followed by a family and invitational dance, Multipurpose Room, Wembley Recreation Centre.
Rycroft School Grade 8 FarewellMid-June, Date TBAA ceremony will be held in the school gymnasium.
Hythe Regional School Grade 9 Farewell, Junior High Spring Prom, and Awards CeremoniesThursday, June 9 and Monday, June 20

Grand march for Grade 9 class on Thursday, June 9 at 7:00 p.m., followed by the junior high spring prom at 7:30 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.

On Monday, June 20, there will be an awards ceremony for students receiving honours in up to three core subjects at 4:00 p.m., followed by a second ceremony at 6:30 p.m. for those receiving honours in four core subjects, along with other special awards.
All events will take place in the school gymnasium.

Clairmont Community School Grade 8 FarewellThursday, June 23Dinner at 5:30 p.m., followed by a ceremony to celebrate the Grade 8 transition to high school, Clairmont Community School gymnasium.
Woking School Grade 8 FarewellFriday, June 24A ceremony at 10:30 a.m. in the school gymnasium.
Teepee Creek School Grade 8 FarewellFriday, June 24A ceremony at 6:30 p.m. at the school.
Harry Balfour School Grade 8 FarewellMonday, June 27Grade 8 farewell at 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. in the school gymnasium.
Bonanza School Grade 8 Farewell and School Awards CeremonyMonday, June 2710:30 a.m. in the school gymnasium