(Photos by Emily Jaycox/Ponoka News)

(Photos by Emily Jaycox/Ponoka News)

Future ‘full of endless possibilities’ for St. Augustine School class of 2023

Commencement ceremony held June 9

St. Augustine School celebrated their 2023 graduating class with several events and the theme of “Night at the Disco.”

Mass was held on May 31, and the commencement ceremony was June 9, in the morning, followed by a banquet later that evening.

“Now we take our first steps down diverging paths as we begin our journey of adulthood,” said valedictorian Morgan Deschiffart in her address during the commencement ceremony.

“As our adventure takes us into the real world, may we become the best version of ourselves, and may all our dreams come true.”

Deschiffart continued, saying the class had made it through much diversity during their years at the kindergarten to Grade 12 school, and the school community supported them through it all.

She then reminisced about some favourite classroom moments.

“No one wants to say it, but for the last few months we have been thinking about our lasts … All of these moments mean so much more when you realize that it might be the last time. So We are clutching to every last moment that is familiar,” said Deschiffart.

“As we embark on the next chapter of our lives, let us remember that the future is full of endless possibilities. It is up to us to make the most of every opportunity and never give up on our dreams.”

The commencement began with a welcoming address from St. Thomas Aquinas Superintendent Laurie Kardynal, followed by some words by Ponoka Mayor Kevin Ferguson.

Amanda Ermineskin presented an eagle feather and Metis sash for First Nations students.

Teacher Brad Normandeau was the keynote speaker, sharing memories of the students and presenting a couple with gifts from shared experiences.

Liam Wittal and Darryl Nunez gave a response, followed by St. Augustine’s traditional passing of the torch to the 2023 graduating class.

The ceremony was closed with remarks from principal Kari Davidson.

Graduation 2023


(Emily Jaycox/Ponoka News)

(Emily Jaycox/Ponoka News)

(Emily Jaycox/Ponoka News)

(Emily Jaycox/Ponoka News)

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