High school graduation is certainly a momentous achievement. But how many of us know what it ’s like during a pandemic?
During last year ’s graduation ceremonies I addressed the class of 2019. I said during my speech: “Everyone here will encounter obstacles throughout their journeys.” At that time, I had no idea what our world would be like one year later, and how much that obstacle would affect our graduates today.
Despite all of the uncertainty, the class of 2020 and their families have demonstrated true prairie grit and determination. At a time when these students should have been savouring the last remaining weeks of high school and putting the final touches on the graduation ceremonies, their excitement was cut short. Rather than let the moment pass unnoticed, the class of 2020 will be marking this milestone in a new way.
It is quoted: “Believe you can and you ’re halfway there.” – Theodore Roosevelt
Even when many doors were closed, the parent grad committee didn’t give up on the idea of celebrating the achievements of this year’s graduates, their sons and daughters. They knew they needed to be creative and adapt to our new reality, and with that goal in mind they found a way to CELEBRATE YOU, the 2020 graduating class of Warman High School.
On Thursday, June 25th the graduating class of Warman High School is celebrating with a procession from the school, down Central Street, and up Centennial Boulevard, ending at the Legends Centre. Come cheer them on! Clap, cheer and wave safely from the sidewalk as the students make their way through the city.
Then on June 26th, they will have a drive-up graduation at Wyant Group Raceway, where they will be honoured by their families and fellow students.
What the last three months have shown us is that we adapt. We realized starkly and frankly that we need each other. Celebrating life’s accomplishments is important. We faced head-on the reality that relationships are essential to us and how we miss the things we once took for granted. It has become apparent that we need to nurture and care for each other during every situation. This is what makes us richer as humans and makes our lives more complete.
There is no doubt this is a year we will all remember.
In these times of adversity, let's shine. Don’t let anything derail your plans. As the old saying goes, “Life is 10 percent what happens to you and 90 percent how you respond to it.” And grads, one thing I have learned throughout my time on this earth is that life is full of surprises, some good and some not so good. This rock in your path is merely a stepping stone.
Remember graduates, you are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, smarter than you think, and loved more than you know.
On behalf of Warman City Council and our community, I wish all of our graduates a whole-hearted congratulations! We are all ready for the class of 2020 to change the world, and we can't wait to see what each of you make of it.