Grad season begins in Kamloops-Thompson school district

Read on for commencement dates for each school and for a link to learn more about the 2019 valedictorians

Nearly 1,000 students in the Kamloops-Thompson school district will cross the stage during the next few weeks, beginning on Friday, May 24, at Barriere secondary.

Graduation class sizes in the district’s 16 secondary schools range from five students at Logan Lake secondary to 223 students at NorKam senior secondary. 

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Valedictorians have been chosen for each school’s commencement ceremony, as well as for district honours and Aboriginal graduation.

The theme of “choice” emerged when the 23 valedictorians were asked by the school district’s communications staff about their school experience.

Students said they valued participating in programs such as RCMP Academy, Junior Wildfire Boot Camp and Heavy Metal Rocks.

Others appreciated having alternate ways to complete high school through more personalized learning experiences at Street School, Four Directions and Twin Rivers Education Centre. 

The Kamloops-Thompson school district celebrates its highest achieving students at the annual honours graduation. The top five per cent of students of this year’s class will be recognized for their hard work and achievements. Honour graduates have studied and excelled in science, art and humanities and many have secured scholarships enabling them to pursue post-secondary studies across the country.

Irene Kuo, co-valedictorian at South Kamloops secondary, cited caring teachers as the key to her success.

“I have been so fortunate to have supportive, caring teachers who have taught me how to be more selfless, compassionate and understanding,” she said.

Bill Hamblett, the school district’s assistant superintendent of secondary schools, said teachers are special people.

“They have nurtured our young people and taught them to dream. It is now time for parents and families to celebrate their child's' accomplishments,” Hamblett said. “But in all the excitement, I'd like to remind everyone to be safe and avoid using substances that can lead to unintended consequences."

Photos and summaries of this year’s valedictorians can be seen by clicking here.


Kamloops-Thompson school district 2019 commencement schedule:

Friday, May 24
Barriere secondary
Barriere Curling Club, 6 p.m.

Thursday, May 30
District Honours Reception
TRU Grand Hall, 7 p.m.

Monday, June 3
Twin Rivers Education Centre
TREC gym, 6 p.m.

Tuesday, June 4
Four Directions
TREC Gym, 5 p.m.

Thursday, June 6
Continuing Education
Kamloops Alliance Church, 5 p.m.

Friday, June 7
Logan Lake secondary
Logan Lake secondary, 7 p.m.

Monday, June 10
Aboriginal graduation
McArthur Island Sports Centre, 5 p.m.

Tuesday, June 11
NorKam senior secondary
McArthur Island Sport and Event Centre, 7 p.m.

Wednesday, June 12
Westsyde secondary
McArthur Island Sport and Event Centre, 7 p.m.

Thursday, June 13
Valleyview secondary
McArthur Island Sport and Event Centre, 7 p.m.

Friday, June 14
Kamloops School of the Arts
TRU Grand Ballroom, 7 p.m.

Friday, June 14
South Kamloops secondary
McArthur Island Sport and Event Centre, 7 p.m.

Saturday, June 15
Sa-Hali secondary
McArthur Island Sport and Event Centre, 2 p.m.

Friday, June 21
Chase Secondary
Chase secondary gym, 4 p.m.

Friday, June 21
Clearwater secondary
Clearwater Secondary gym, 6 p.m.

Tuesday, June 25
Sun Peaks Education Society @KOOL
Sun Peaks, 4:30 p.m.

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