Class of 2022 gear up for graduation ceremonies
Grade 12 is an exciting and pivotal year for our students, which ends with the ultimate celebration of achievement - graduation! It’s a milestone in a young adult’s life - dressing in the cap and gown, walking across that stage, and celebrating with staff, classmates, family and friends. Our Grade 12 students look forward to their graduation all year and as educators, it gives us such great pride to celebrate this accomplishment together with our students.
While we continue to live through the COVID-19 pandemic, schools are moving forward with plans for graduation this year while staying flexible.
Graduations celebrations for each high school will be as follows:
Hunting Hills High School - Friday, May 13, 2022
Two ceremonies at 10 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. at Westerner Park
Lindsay Thurber Comprehensive High School - Friday, May 27, 2022
Three ceremonies at 9 a.m, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. at Lindsay Thurber
Alternative School Centre - Friday, June 24, 2022
One ceremony at Bower Ponds
Gateway Christian - Tuesday, June 28, 2022
One ceremony at New Life Fellowship Church
“We recognize that graduation is an important milestone in a young adult’s life. It’s a milestone that is meaningful for our students and also for their families and friends as well,” said Chad Erickson, Superintendent of Schools. “Graduation is not only a celebration of the hard work and dedication of students, but the start of the next chapter in their lives. We know our students will move on to do great things, and we wish them all the best in their future endeavours.”
"We are very excited that we will be able to celebrate the dedication and achievement of our students at this year's graduation event," said Darwin Roscoe, Principal at Hunting Hills High School. "These students have demonstrated the extreme resilience and commitment necessary to reach this milestone. Last year, the feedback we heard from our parents and graduates was that they enjoyed the staggered ceremony times, so this year we are doing the same while keeping the great things our students, parents and staff value most in graduation."
“It has been a wonderful four years of high school. Despite the challenges we have faced as a graduating class, we’ve managed to achieve a marvelous milestone,” said Kate Hawkins, Grade 12 student and President of the Grad Executive at Lindsay Thurber High School. “It is exciting to be able to celebrate our accomplishments together for the first time in two years. With the break we’ve had from traditional graduation ceremonies, we’ve been able to redesign the way our grad will look. At Lindsay Thurber, we’ve decided to go with smaller, more personalized ceremonies and a prom in the evening.”
“The last two years have been a very difficult and trying time for many of our communities' students and families,” said Stephen Pottage, District Principal - Alternative Programs and Support Services. “We are so incredibly proud of our graduates who have persevered under extraordinary, and less than ideal circumstances, and are ready to take this new and exciting next step in their lives. Congrats to all of Red Deer's graduates and their families.”
“Celebrating with our graduates is always an amazing experience, but celebrating with students who have dealt with COVID for most of their high school career makes it even more meaningful,” said Lynette Loonstra, a parent of a graduating student at Gateway Christian School. “These students have managed hybrid learning and the mental health stressors that they have met with resilience, community, and grace. Watching them graduate as a part of the Gateway community and also as a parent of a graduate means so much!”
Red Deer Public looks forward to celebrating the achievements of our graduating students over the coming months.