Grad 2008 Kitsilano High School

This morning I attended my son’s grad ceremony from Kitsilano High School, French Immersion Program. Just over a hundred students — many of whom we have known since kindergarten, received their diplomas. I am so proud of myself for not crying — saving that for the main ceremony next week!

The ceremony was conducted entirely in French and I felt so proud of my bilingual son and his classmates — not only because they have been successful in their school careers, but because they have managed to do this in a language other than their own. We could all feel the exuberance in the auditorium as one by one they crossed the stage to receive their diplomas — all so full of hope and excitement for what lies ahead.
Funny thing is that while they all look forward, all of us (the parents) couldn’t help but to look back to their first days of school and wonder where all of that time went! We have an amazing group of teens and for that I am thankful.

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