ANNAPOLIS ROYAL, N.S. — Collectively.

That’s how the graduates of Annapolis West Training Centre (AWEC) needed to rejoice their ultimate highschool hours.

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

“They needed 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 Training 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 type commencement as a result of COVID-19 pandemic. Every graduate was given a time to indicate up on the faculty of their cap and robe and went via the bus loop the place workers greeted them. The graduate would get out on the stage and obtain their diploma and any awards they’d earned.

Whereas some individuals 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 may 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 health club. “I’m actually glad that I truly received to do it in particular person so I might 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 individuals within the crowd after marching in for the Annapolis West Training Centre commencement ceremony. – Jason Malloy

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

“To suppose that solely simply yesterday, we stood as two elementary colleges joined collectively, fused, to what would change 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 throughout the Annapolis West Training Centre’s commencement ceremony on the Oqwa’titek Amphitheatre in Annapolis Royal. – Jason Malloy

This 12 months’s graduating class had 53 college students. Sabean mentioned she’s going to miss the close-knit faculty neighborhood.

“You actually get to know everybody actually, rather well,” she mentioned. “I do know each single one of many individuals in my faculty.”


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





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