School is almost over for area students and graduation ceremonies will start this week. All four high schools near Flin Flon will host ceremonies between now and the end of June, starting with Creighton Community School this week.
Creighton will host their grad events June 16-17, starting with the traditional cap and gown march around the outside of the school at 10 a.m. Thursday. Grads, each decked out in traditional ceremonial garb, will march counterclockwise around the school, with younger students (as well as family and friends) able to cheer them on.
The fancy robes will go away shortly after, as the school’s grad car parade will rip through Creighton starting at 2:30 p.m. The parade will start and end at the Sportex, winding its way through the community in the meantime. Residents are encouraged to both come out and support the grads - and possibly spray them with a hose or with water on their way past.
Formal grad ceremonies will rule the roost in Creighton June 17, with the ceremony taking place in the school’s gym starting at 4:30 p.m. and the grad march leaving the school afterward. Grads will march from the school toward Main Street, turning left toward the intersection of Main Street and Creighton Avenue, then turning right down Creighton Avenue and meeting at the Creighton Avenue green space.
Following that, Frontier Collegiate in Cranberry Portage will host their grad event June 18 at the school’s campus, with the school hosting a ceremony for family, friends and community members in the FCI gym. Many Faces Education Centre will host their graduation June 24.
Hapnot Collegiate’s grad plans will start June 27, with the school’s annual car parade setting off from the high school at 11 a.m. - participants are asked to meet at Hapnot at least a half hour early. A grad practice will take place later in the day, starting at 2 p.m. - that event is for graduates only in the lead-up to the big event at the Whitney Forum the next night. Attendance for grads is considered mandatory.
June 28 will be the big day for Hapnot, when the graduating class takes over the Whitney Forum. The rink opens at 4 p.m. for pictures, with grads able to come to the rink any time between then and 5:30 p.m.
The ceremony will start at 5:30 p.m. with awards for undergraduates while the grads get ready within the curling rink. From there, graduates will head out around 5:45 p.m., take their spots on the stage and the ceremony will begin. The march is expected to take place until around 7:45 p.m. (though times are subject to change), when the grads will march down from the Forum down Main Street and back before the first dance and group formal photo. The school’s safegrad ceremony will follow later in the night.
Photo coverage from all schools’ graduation festivities will be included in special sections of future issues of The Reminder.