On Friday the class of 2015 will be donning their caps and gowns in a formal ceremony at the Nelson and District Civic Complex to accept their high school diploma, marking decades of learning.
Graduate Dunavan Morris-Janzen will address the graduates with his valedictorian speech inviting the class to celebrate together rather than tackle the confusing questions of graduation alone. “It also speaks about compassion and loving those who are different than you, because we all have something in common,” he said.
On Saturday the celebration gets fancy as graduates, dressed typically to the nines, are presented in a Grand March at the Nelson and District Civic Complex. This year’s theme: Arabian Nights.
Afterwards the Grand March parades to Baker Street in a local favourite-the Cavalcade. Last year saw graduates parading downtown by pickup truck and classic cars, by bicycle and aptly by horse back.
Celebrations will continue into the evening with a prom, filled with music, dancing and a casino at the Prestige Lakeside Resort.
Friday’s cap and gown ceremony begins at 6:45 p.m. and is open to the public.