Bashaw School’s class of 2018 celebrated its high school graduation on May 26.
Fourteen students walked the stage to accept their diplomas that represented several years of learning and growing.
The formal events of the day began with pictures of the graduating class on the grassy slope of Bashaw’s water tower hill. One of the Grade 12 students brought his antique tractor for the photo session — it was a unique and fitting backdrop for this group of students.
Following class pictures, was the banquet. It was held at the Bashaw Community Centre with the Royal Purple catering the delicious meal. During this time the graduates, teachers and parents gave thoughtful and emotional speeches and toasts.
“It went by so fast, but it was the best night of my life. Everyone looked so good and I’m going to miss everyone so much. High school flew by! Enjoy it while you can,” shared Grade 12 student, Quinn Kisling.
The graduation ceremony was hosted in the gymnasium of the school. Addresses were made on behalf of Battle River School Division, the principal of the school and the former principal of the school, Craig Dimond was the guest speaker. Graduates presented a class history, slideshows and future predictions. At the closing of the ceremony, students were presented with a thoughtful class name, and their caps and diplomas.
“Grad was amazing. In a way it brought our class closer together by saying goodbye. By decorating and writing speeches about everyone and our experiences, it made us appreciate the past more. Grad for me was very emotional. I will miss my class and the people I have grown with so very much.” stated Mickey Jaffary, a Grade 12 student.
The graduates and their families enjoyed a dance at the Bashaw Community Hall. Everyone enjoyed music, dancing, pictures and a midnight lunch.
“Graduating is definitely bittersweet — it was so nice to have that day to recall all the years we’ve spent looking forward to it. It makes you think of all the hard work that was put towards your goals, and being congratulated really makes you see all the things you’ve accomplished!” reflected McKenna Reelie, a Grade 12 student.
We wish them all the best and much success as they continue their journey outside of Bashaw School.