Graduation Day

Garden Bouquet

Last night I attended high school graduation …….. for the last time.  Well at least until my grandchildren begin to graduate in another 9 years!  My son didn’t want to go to his own graduation at first – he said it was no big deal.  But I insisted – for me – I’d waited a very long time to graduate my youngest child from high school!  He was somewhat reluctant to attend since the ceremony was moved out of their beloved home school to an air- conditioned school in the city.  He said that it just wasn’t the same…….. and I agree, but he was still going.

He took a bouquet of our garden flowers for his girlfriend, but the heat wasn’t too kind to them.  It turns out that on the way into the city, in the 30+C degrees heat (no A/C in car) he said he was glad that he was going, even though he was anxious about it.  The kids had to be there an hour before the graduation began, to get their cap and gowns.  The line-up for the parents to be admitted to the gym, had already snaked around the hallways but began moving about a half an hour later.  Once seated, around 6:30, near the gym’s entrance, the wait was on….. and the more people who made their way into the gym, the hotter it got.

Melvin & Kelsey

The evening began of course with the Graduates’ Processional, bagpiped in by a graduating student.  There were almost 300 students in the graduating class of 2012 from that small country school!    The band then played the National Anthem and God Save The Queen.  Once the students were seated on the floor,  the Principal introduced the stage participants and gave her address, followed by the School Board’s Trustee.   All the special award winners were called up first and after sitting for 2 hours, the graduating students began to alphabetically make their way to the stage to receive their ‘diplomas’ (actually just a rolled up piece of paper tied with some curly ribbon).  Melvin also received the Technological Studies Certificate for obtaining 8 credits in the computer technology field. The Valedictorian’s speech was excellent and humorous – beginning with a story about the similarities between graduates and the Duck Billed Platypus……!?!?   By 10 p.m. – and increasing temperatures – the grads were marching out of the gym to the reception.  Cupcakes and punch were provided in the considerably cooler foyer where about 1,200 or more  of us crammed ourselves, congratulating the graduates and taking pictures.  Melvin’s favourite teacher managed to find him in the crowd and congratulated him as well as inviting  him back to visit the classroom anytime.   Once Melvin returned the rented graduation ‘gown’, he received his official High School diploma.  More pictures, then about 10:45 p.m. we left the city for home.  It was a much cooler drive …..

Baby Melvin “Grad”

Graduate Melvin


Tonight is Prom night, so let the journey begin……………..

Congratulations to my son Melvin for all the effort and graduating High School!


“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams!  Live the life you’ve imagined.” – Thoreau



4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Maureen Sinclair
    Jun 29, 2012 @ 20:55:30

    Congrats to Melvin. You finally have a Empty Nest, You sure done well with your family Linda. Your a great Momma. All the best to Melvin in his new life, Take care?
    Love: Maureen


  2. thebeadden
    Jul 01, 2012 @ 23:01:54



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