Students from the ATC Broadcast Media program
(L-R) Navjot Kaur, Haylyn Agacer, Graeme Forsyth, Liam Elson
You'd be hard pressed to find a learner in LRSD who doesn't know the significance of this day—the official end of the school year.
For some, it's about taking their next step on their journey of lifelong learning and for others, it's a chance to simply bask in the summer sunshine with family and friends.
"We are very proud of the achievements our learners from across the division have accomplished," said Christian Michalik, LRSD Superintendent. "We also celebrated more than 1,300 graduates over the past couple of weeks, almost 200 more than in the 2017-18 school year, who we encouraged to savour this moment, to seek adventure and to continue contributing to a democratic and sustainable world."
Sandy Nemeth, Louis Riel School Board Chair, had a chance to address learners at several convocations and while the ceremony meant the end of their learning journey in LRSD, it also meant the beginning of a new one.
"It's hard not to get caught up in the excitement of seeing all the unlimited potential our learners possess and their plans for the future, be it academic, travelling, working or volunteering, and for some, their plans to do all four," said Nemeth. "I genuinely hope each graduate is successful in whichever way they define success, that they choose to give back in a way that is meaningful to them and look back at their time in LRSD fondly."
On Thursday morning of this week, Louis Riel Arts & Technology Centre Principal Brian Cameron was busy preparing his team to welcome and celebrate 214 graduates. Cameron believes learners are the key to a bright future for all.
"In an ever-changing world, education is more important now than it ever has been. And we say that every year because the world changes so much. We need these intelligent and innovative young people alongside of us to manage the change that is so rapidly taking place."
Elsewhere in the division, Collège Jeanne-Sauvé Principal Alain Michalik was happy with the results of a recent change to their convocation.
"This year's graduation was a huge success as we welcomed approximately 1,600 people to a new space, the Dakota Field House. Previously we were at the Pantages Theater, but this new amazing space allows us to continue to build a real sense of community between ourselves and our neighbours."
The next school year begins on September 3, so until our LRSD learners, staff and community return in the fall, may your summer be filled with wonderful memories, moments and experiences.