Lake Cowichan School's Class of 2014 celebrate by tossing their caps into the air on the front steps

Lake Cowichan School grads take centre stage

LCS Class of 2014 celebrates with red gala ceremony at the school

On Saturday there were Limos, Collector Cars and Hot Rods dropping off grads dressed in suits and colourful dresses at the front entrance of Lake Cowichan School.

After milling around meeting fellow grads, it was time to get into the cap and gown for the class photo on the front steps of the school.

After the formal portrait had been captured, cameras and flashes go off as the grads toss their caps into the air in wild abandon. Then a reality check. All the caps come crashing down onto their heads and shoulders before hitting the ground. Things will never be the same again as this portion of their lives comes to a conclusion.

Parents, family and friends started to fill the gym inside waiting for the grand entrance of the 30 graduating LCS students of 2014. Ms. Dani Garner read introductions of all of the grads as they made their way to the stage.

Greetings from School District 79 superintendent Mr Joe Rhodes was followed by Mayor Ross Forrest’s greetings from the Town of Lake Cowichan who said the friendships made in school can last a lifetime.

“I really enjoy the special times we share, especially the reminiscence of time we spent in school, right here in Lake Cowichan.”

Emcee Ms. Nichole Boucher continued the ceremony by telling the families and friends what special kids these grads are.

“We are so proud of each of these kids overcoming obstacles, dealing with adversity and working hard to get where they are right now.”

The teachers were also given their recognition.

“I am so proud of our teachers and staff at our school. As the grown-ups in our family, they are the best. I have never in my career been in a building where the adults cared so much about the students hands down.I would say these grads are very lucky.”

After a break to take the photos of the grads on the stage, Ashley Vomacka, Shelby Scott and Nichole Johel gave their address to the staff followed by Ms. Dani Garner’s address from the staff.

Thank you’s and presentations from Emily Pastor and Tyson Smith of the grad committee  were followed by the valedictorian, Carmen Brooks.

A video presentation from the grads was followed by the Candlelight Walk, a beautiful sight, and then the Parent Waltz where dads and daughters, and moms and sons, waltz across the floor.

More group photos with the grads, family and friends were followed by the red carpet walk where principal Nichole Boucher introduced to the “paparazzi” the grads of LCS 2014.