June 25 is going to be a memorable day for Grade 12 students at the Estevan Comprehensive School (ECS), as they will receive their high school diplomas during ceremonies at Affinity Place.
The graduation ceremony will open with the processional at 5:30 p.m. ECS teacher Wes Kreklewich will give the invocation, and principal Pat Jeannot – who is wrapping up his first year as ECS principal – will deliver the opening remarks.
Senior ring Rebecca Blackburn and senior pin Nick Skjonsby will give a tribute to their parents, and their parents will give a response. Blackburn and Skjonsby will also announce the Class of 2014's gift to the school.
ECS Student Representative Council co-presidents Tate Wrubleski and Kale Little will pay tribute to the staff. Offering the response will be Tom Flath, a retiring teacher who has taught skilled trades, sciences and other classes during his career at ECS.
There will be a multi-media presentation, which has been prepared by grad Kyle Goulet, and the valedictorian's address by Tugche Pehlivan, who had the highest average percentage among this year's grads.
Diplomas will then be handed out to the graduates. Each student's future plans will be read out.
The grad choir's performance will wrap up the main part of the ceremony.
There will be a one-hour break for supper, and then the grads will reconvene for the grand march. Students, dressed in their finest clothes, will be presented with a rose, and then there will be a dance.
The focus will then shift to the school for the chem-free after grad, which will run throughout the night. Students will play mock games of chance to win cash that can be used for prizes.
“We've had lots of great gifts flowing in for chem free from the community,” said ECS vice-principal Allison Holzer, who has headed up the grad ceremonies for a number of years.
Holzer said 190 students are eligible to participate in this year's ceremony. Only one is expected to miss the celebration.
This year's theme is “If you can dream it, you can do it,” which is a quote by Walt Disney. The colours are blue, silver and black.
One issue that has yet to be resolved is the location of the annual grad photo. Typically students gather at the Estevan Court House for a group and individual photos in their dress clothes prior to the ceremony.
But construction is ongoing at the court house. They might still be able to use the site, Holzer said, but other venues are under consideration.
Graduation will once again be a busy night, she said, but the committees who piece the event together have been working hard, and they work well together.