Congratulations and encouragement was shared as St. Jerome’s School held their graduation ceremony at the Vermilion Regional Centre on May 25. ‘You had to be there,’ was the theme of the event, and as graduates approached the stage their favourite memories and plans for the future were shared. Principal Allan Chase emceed the event, and Vice Principal Allan MacMillan sang a special song to the class. Congratulatory speeches were given from Mayor Caroline McAuley, deputy superintendant Dwayne Zarichny, School Board member Alan Rogan, and Guest Speaker Bryn Lewin. The 2019 Valedictorian was Ashley Corbiere. “We’re so proud of you for all that you have accomplished. Today we are sending our best and brightest off on a new journey. I encourage you to explore, learn, and see new things, remembering you will always be welcome back. Be inspired in whatever you do,” said Mayor McAuley. Dwayne Zarichny encouraged students do their very best and not take short cuts in order to one day look back and be impressed. He reassured them saying that if not it’s never really too late to start over. Alan Rogan congratulated graduates on their accomplishment and as a St. Jerome’s alumni noted that the culture of the school was so incredible. He stated that as St. Jerome’s students grow and share their experiences, they become role models for younger students. He encouraged the graduates to continue sharing their gifts and passions with other people. “When I came to St. Jerome’s these children were in Grade 2. Don’t take this accomplishment for granted. We asked you to be leaders in the school, and that kind of dedication and citizenship will take you far,” said Principal Chase. Following the ceremony was a Grand March, and family and friends enjoyed celebrating with the graduates during a dance.