Stanstead College Grads Farewell
Stanstead College celebrated their year end Baccalaureate and Prize-Giving Service on Saturday, June 18th. The celebration was held at the Centenary United Church in Stanstead.
As an endless line of cars disappeared over the horizon of Dufferin Street, the church filled with proud parents and jubilant students graduating from both grades 11 and 12. Graduates have the choice of returning for grade twelve to qualify for out-of-province universities, or graduate after grade eleven to pursue studies in the Quebec collegial system.
The guest speaker was Dr. Michael Pierce, who graduated from Stanstead College in 1973. He holds a Master of Education degree in Applied Psychology, a Doctorate degree in Education and has recently retired from Appleby College
as Head of School. The event honoured not only those graduating, but the accomplishments of many students in a prize-giving ceremony. Although the ceremony was long, College sources stated that there were so many people deserving of recognition that the ceremony could not have been any shorter in duration.
Following the ceremony, the school hosted a lunch at LeBaron Hall on campus. The cafeteria was boisterous and animated, as students and visitors, interspersed with teachers and staff, were chatting excitedly, celebrating their final farewells. The mood was both festive and sad, as students were seen joking, hugging, sobbing and exchanging promises to keep in touch with one another. Cars of every sort were parked in every empty spot available, as well-dressed family members of all sizes were seen helping load bags into cars while graduates hugged fellow classmates and teachers for one last, long goodbye.
Yuan Liu of Brossard and Lyanne Carruthers of Stanstead College embrace after the ceremony.
Chelsy Martin of Stanstead receives the John H.E. Colby Scholarship from Mr. Colby’s daughter, Jocelyne St-Pierre.