ANNAPOLIS ROYAL, N.S. — Collectively.

That’s how the graduates of Annapolis West Schooling Centre (AWEC) wished to have fun their last highschool hours.

And that’s precisely what occurred June 29 as the college held its commencement ceremony on the Oqwa’titek Amphitheatre on the waterfront in Annapolis Royal.

“They wished to be collectively – that was their precedence,” mentioned principal Sue Anne Cooper.

Annapolis West Education Centre graduates get a group photo taken along the waterfront in Annapolis Royal before the graduation ceremony on June 29. - Jason Malloy
Annapolis West Schooling Centre graduates get a bunch photograph taken alongside the waterfront in Annapolis Royal earlier than the commencement ceremony on June 29. – Jason Malloy

The varsity’s previous two graduating lessons had a drive-thru model commencement because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Every graduate was given a time to indicate up on the college of their cap and robe and went by means of the bus loop the place employees greeted them. The graduate would get out on the stage and obtain their diploma and any awards that they had earned.

Whereas some folks preferred the format, the graduating class put a premium on graduating collectively and requested to have the ceremony exterior on the amphitheatre.

“It was good to have the ability to have a full commencement,” graduate Mia Curry mentioned, “the place you might see all of the grads collectively.”

There was room for everybody, and Mom Nature co-operated with the solar glistening off the Annapolis Basin and a slight breeze blowing in off the water.

“It was higher than I anticipated,” mentioned Tori Sabean, noting she most well-liked being exterior versus in a stuffy gymnasium. “I’m actually glad that I truly bought to do it in particular person so I may see all my mates one final time.”

Skylya Cress waves to people in the crowd after marching in for the Annapolis West Education Centre graduation ceremony. - Jason Malloy
Skylya Cress waves to folks within the crowd after marching in for the Annapolis West Schooling Centre commencement ceremony. – Jason Malloy

The category additionally has the designation as the college’s first to start Grade 6 on the college and undergo to commencement. AWEC was a Grade 9-12 college till September 2015 when it turned a Grade 6-12 facility.

“To assume that solely simply yesterday, we stood as two elementary colleges joined collectively, fused, to what would turn into years of friendship,” valedictorian David Salomon mentioned.

Phoebe Ashton listens to valedictorian David Salomon during the Annapolis West Education Centre’s graduation ceremony at the Oqwa’titek Amphitheatre in Annapolis Royal. - Jason Malloy
Phoebe Ashton listens to valedictorian David Salomon through the Annapolis West Schooling Centre’s commencement ceremony on the Oqwa’titek Amphitheatre in Annapolis Royal. – Jason Malloy

This yr’s graduating class had 53 college students. Sabean mentioned she’s going to miss the close-knit college group.

“You actually get to know everybody actually, very well,” she mentioned. “I do know each single one of many folks in my college.”


Jason Malloy is the lead editor of the Annapolis Valley Register. He will be reached by electronic mail at [email protected] and adopted on Twitter at @JasonMa47772994.





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