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:
|School||Date||Event Details||# of Graduates|
|Peace Wapiti Academy||Saturday, 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 Academy||Friday, 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 School||Saturday, 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 School||Friday, May 27|
Cap and Gown Ceremony: 9:30 a.m.
Grand March: 4:30 p.m.
Location: Beaverlodge Arena
|Sexsmith Secondary School||Friday, 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 School||Saturday, 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 10||Ceremony: 11:30 a.m., followed by a barbecue lunch|
|Savanna School||Saturday, August 6|
Dinner: 4:30 p.m.
Ceremony: 6:30 p.m.
Location: Savanna Rec Plex
|Total number of graduates for 2016||||||378|
In addition to the high school graduation events, nine schools will host farewell events for junior high students:
|Elmworth School Grade 9 Graduation and Junior High Awards Night||Friday, June 3||Dinner 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 Farewell||Thursday, June 9||Photos 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 Farewell||Mid-June, Date TBA||A ceremony will be held in the school gymnasium.|
|Hythe Regional School Grade 9 Farewell, Junior High Spring Prom, and Awards Ceremonies||Thursday, 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 Farewell||Thursday, June 23||Dinner 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 Farewell||Friday, June 24||A ceremony at 10:30 a.m. in the school gymnasium.|
|Teepee Creek School Grade 8 Farewell||Friday, June 24||A ceremony at 6:30 p.m. at the school.|
|Harry Balfour School Grade 8 Farewell||Monday, June 27||Grade 8 farewell at 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. in the school gymnasium.|
|Bonanza School Grade 8 Farewell and School Awards Ceremony||Monday, June 27||10:30 a.m. in the school gymnasium|