Grad 2022

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Throughout the Kamloops-Thompson school district, nearly 1,100 graduating students will cross the stage during the next few weeks.

Expect to hear loud cheers and exuberant applause as students, families, and staff once again gather together to celebrate one of life’s major milestones.

Celebrating graduates begins with the Honours Reception on May 26 at Thompson Rivers University. The top five per cent of this year’s class will be recognized for their hard work and achievements. They have studied and excelled in science, art, humanities, and trades, and many have secured scholarships enabling them to pursue post-secondary studies across the country.

On June 6 at McArthur Island Sports and Events Centre, drums will echo and Aboriginal voices will rise in song as a crowd of parents, grandparents, aunties, and uncles cheer on the procession of 230 graduating Aboriginal students. The graduates will come from each of the regions’ schools, including St. Ann’s Academy, and the Skeetchestn Community School for the 33rd annual celebration of Aboriginal graduation.

Barriere and Clearwater Secondary’s grad ceremonies on June 24 will complete this year’s celebrations.

In all, 15 commencements will be held for classes that range in size from two students to over two hundred in gymnasiums, ballrooms, curling rinks, and hockey arenas across the district.

There will be many similarities between the ceremonies. Those who watch and listen closely will realize that beneath the formalities each of the ceremonies is celebrating a unique group of graduates: individuals who have shown persistence in developing who they are and who they are meant to become.

These are graduates who valued choice in their school experience. They valued participating in programs instrumental in helping them stay engaged while in school, such as RCMP Youth Academy, Junior Wildfire Boot Camp, Heavy Metal Rocks and earning university credits as they completed their high school diploma.

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

Whatever their choice, each graduate has earned the right to cross the stage with dignity, purpose, and options for their future.


From the Superintendent of Schools

From the Board Chair


As we take these next few weeks to celebrate the graduating students in each school within School District No. 73 (Kamloops-Thompson), I am struck by not only their academic achievements but their many personal successes.

So many of you have been on multiple sports teams- soccer, rugby, volleyball, basketball, hockey, to name a few. You have also shared your talents in the Fine Arts through band, art, and drama. Importantly, you gave back through volunteer roles in schools and in the community- Big Brothers Big Sisters, 4-H clubs, and Habitat for Humanity, as examples.

I thank each of you for your persistence in developing who you are and who you are meant to become. I hope that you continue to visit and share your life moments as you enter post-secondary programs, start careers, and go on life ventures such as international travel. There are so many people who have come to care about you and who take an interest in what you will do next.

On behalf of the Superintendent’s Office and administration, thank you to the parents, family members, friends, and staff members who stood by this Class of 2022 and to the graduates for all that you have accomplished.

Rhonda Nixon, PhD



I am proud of SD73 graduates who are coming from every community across our district. Each graduate deserves to be recognized and celebrated for their many accomplishments.

Graduates were challenged in unforeseen ways throughout this global pandemic. I am so proud of each of you for persisting through these challenges. You have adapted to changing learning environments and become more resilient as you overcame obstacles to reach your goals.

I have been lucky enough to be a coach, and I know that reaching your many goals required more than talent. It required commitment to practice, the ability to take feedback and see it as constructive (a skill in itself that will serve you well in life), to act on the feedback, and, most importantly, to never give up on yourself.

You have made many friends and mentors in your high school years, and my hope for you is that you continue to grow these friendships and take on new challenges to learn and grow.

On behalf of the Board of Trustees, congratulations, and we stand in awe and immense gratitude for your commitment to yourselves and to those who stood by you.

Heather Grieve

Throughout the Kamloops-Thompson school district, nearly 1,100 graduating students will cross the stage during the next few weeks.

Expect to hear loud cheers and exuberant applause as students, families, and staff once again gather together to celebrate one of life’s major milestones.

Celebrating graduates begins with the Honours Reception on May 26 at Thompson Rivers University. The top five per cent of this year’s class will be recognized for their hard work and achievements. They have studied and excelled in science, art, humanities, and trades, and many have secured scholarships enabling them to pursue post-secondary studies across the country.

On June 6 at McArthur Island Sports and Events Centre, drums will echo and Aboriginal voices will rise in song as a crowd of parents, grandparents, aunties, and uncles cheer on the procession of 230 graduating Aboriginal students. The graduates will come from each of the regions’ schools, including St. Ann’s Academy, and the Skeetchestn Community School for the 33rd annual celebration of Aboriginal graduation.

Barriere and Clearwater Secondary’s grad ceremonies on June 24 will complete this year’s celebrations.

In all, 15 commencements will be held for classes that range in size from two students to over two hundred in gymnasiums, ballrooms, curling rinks, and hockey arenas across the district.

There will be many similarities between the ceremonies. Those who watch and listen closely will realize that beneath the formalities each of the ceremonies is celebrating a unique group of graduates: individuals who have shown persistence in developing who they are and who they are meant to become.

These are graduates who valued choice in their school experience. They valued participating in programs instrumental in helping them stay engaged while in school, such as RCMP Youth Academy, Junior Wildfire Boot Camp, Heavy Metal Rocks and earning university credits as they completed their high school diploma.

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

Whatever their choice, each graduate has earned the right to cross the stage with dignity, purpose, and options for their future.


From the Superintendent of Schools

From the Board Chair


As we take these next few weeks to celebrate the graduating students in each school within School District No. 73 (Kamloops-Thompson), I am struck by not only their academic achievements but their many personal successes.

So many of you have been on multiple sports teams- soccer, rugby, volleyball, basketball, hockey, to name a few. You have also shared your talents in the Fine Arts through band, art, and drama. Importantly, you gave back through volunteer roles in schools and in the community- Big Brothers Big Sisters, 4-H clubs, and Habitat for Humanity, as examples.

I thank each of you for your persistence in developing who you are and who you are meant to become. I hope that you continue to visit and share your life moments as you enter post-secondary programs, start careers, and go on life ventures such as international travel. There are so many people who have come to care about you and who take an interest in what you will do next.

On behalf of the Superintendent’s Office and administration, thank you to the parents, family members, friends, and staff members who stood by this Class of 2022 and to the graduates for all that you have accomplished.

Rhonda Nixon, PhD



I am proud of SD73 graduates who are coming from every community across our district. Each graduate deserves to be recognized and celebrated for their many accomplishments.

Graduates were challenged in unforeseen ways throughout this global pandemic. I am so proud of each of you for persisting through these challenges. You have adapted to changing learning environments and become more resilient as you overcame obstacles to reach your goals.

I have been lucky enough to be a coach, and I know that reaching your many goals required more than talent. It required commitment to practice, the ability to take feedback and see it as constructive (a skill in itself that will serve you well in life), to act on the feedback, and, most importantly, to never give up on yourself.

You have made many friends and mentors in your high school years, and my hope for you is that you continue to grow these friendships and take on new challenges to learn and grow.

On behalf of the Board of Trustees, congratulations, and we stand in awe and immense gratitude for your commitment to yourselves and to those who stood by you.

Heather Grieve

  • District Honours

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    A tradition for 44 years, the annual recognition of School District 73 honour students resumed its in-person celebration Thursday, May26.

    Unique in the province, SD73 brings together students who are in the top five percent of each school’s graduating class for a display of arts, performances and tributes. The 75 students represented every area of District programming including trades and technology.

    “I have been lucky enough to be a coach and I know that reaching this level of excellence requires more than talent,” said Board Chair Heather Grieve in her remarks. “It requires commitment to practice, the ability to take feedback and see it as constructive (a skill in itself that will serve you well in life), to act on the feedback, and, most importantly, to never give up on yourself.”

    While the in-person event was on hold during the pandemic, students continued to recognized through medals, certificates, and commemorative booklets. This year there was a return of performances by the honour students themselves including a choral performance with Lucas An (Valleyview Secondary); vocal performances by Skye Bandura-Griffore and Brynn Harrison (NorKam Secondary) and a guitar solo by David Falade (Westsyde Secondary).

    Sa-Hali students Nicholas Plumtree and Brielle Polischuck were master of ceremonies and kept the event running smoothing.

    2021 honour student Laura Nixon was the guest speaker. Now at Queen’s University, the Sa-Hali Secondary alum prerecorded her address.

    Superintendent Dr. Rhonda Nixon commented, “What caught my attention is not only that you have each accomplished academic success at this remarkable level, but you have also accomplished other successes at the same time.”

    Many students have been on multiple sports teams- soccer, rugby, volleyball, basketball, hockey to name a few. In the descriptions they wrote for the program they noted their talents in band, art, drama, and importantly, and how they gave back through volunteer roles in schools and in the community- Big Brothers Big Sisters, 4-H clubs, and Habitat for Humanity.

    “I thank each graduate for your persistence in developing who you are and who you are meant to become,” Nixon said.


Page last updated: 28 Jun 2022, 10:38 AM