Finally, after the Graduation Ceremony itself and the photos in the park, we arrived at the business end of the weekend: the Graduates’ Procession and Ball.
The procession saw the graduates parading their partners and outfits to friends and family strong (or loony) enough to endure the sweltering heat of the East Arena. (“Has Canuckistan never heard of air-conditioning,” I kept asking myself in a semi-delirious, torpid state, brought on by conditions reminiscent of the Zambezi River basin in a December heat wave.)
Some of the graduates looked as if they were about to faint in a heap, so nervous were they, while others (like our two graduates) were actually quite entertaining.
Without further ado then, herewith snippets from behind the scenes, and a tiny taste of the procession itself.
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At 9pm the graduates finally got to go to their Ball – in the West Arena. I was a bit disappointed in the décor, and saw only finger-food, but the grads apparently had a blast, or should I say “a ball”?
And so ends my reporting on my first-ever graduation – of the Correlieu Secondary School grade 12s here in Quesnel.