Friday, June 29, 2012

My Son's High School Graduation

A Commencement Ceremony, my son, his friends,
.....and Justin Bieber.

What an evening it was!
My son's last hours as a high school student.
His last hours to roam the halls of the building that gave him the best time of his life.
Great fun, lifelong friends and a solid education.
He was both excited and melancholy to see the end this chapter of his life, 
but optimistic with starting a new.

It is always so amazing to see his friends.
A very close group of pals that have been through thick and thin since elementary days.
An extraordinary bond I hope lasts them through their lives.


How does Justin Bieber fit into all this?
In the Commencement flyer, it list's all the graduating students of 2012.
Justin Bieber's name was listed.
He attended elementry school in Stratford, but struck fame at the start of his high school life.
I assumed, he continued his education via correspondence with the local public school board here.

He was in the same grade as my son and I knew he was graduating this year,
but I always thought he was taking his correspondence with another high school in the area.
In the Province of Ontario, we have two main school boards - the public school board and the Roman Catholic school board.
I have raised both my children in the Catholic school system.

A sea of blue

I knew that Bieber went to a local Catholic elementary school here in town,  therefore it should not have surprised me last evening to see that he did in fact, graduate through my son's Catholic high school, via correspondence.
As I sat there last evening, watching the graduation ceremony enfold, it occurred to me how sad it was that Justin Bieber could not graduate with his friends he has known since elementary school.
It really does not matter how rich and famous you are, there are things in life you just have to experience.
Walking on that stage to get your high school diploma, is one of those times.

My son, shaking hands with the Principal.

Receiving his diploma.

I am so proud of my son.
He worked very hard this year with excellent grades to show for his hard work.

Best part of my children.




  1. I noticed also he dressed appropriately in a white shirt and tie. What a statement that makes about him, sugar. It shows he is a professional young man instead of just showing up in a t-shirt. It also shows reverence and respect, for himself and others. You should be very proud of that young man. Sounds like he was brought up very well. Kudos to you and to him.

  2. Congratulations to your son and to you for getting him through it. High school can be tough but it looks like he has a great group of friends, a good head on his shoulders and with you as a mom, he's off to a great start! Don't you have a graduation trip to take now???


  3. The end of one stage of life and the start of another. Congratulations to your son - he is off to a great start!

  4. Congratulations to your son, Diane. Great pics, he is a very good looking young man.

  5. CONGRATS to your son Diane and best of luck to him as he starts the next chapter in his life! What a handsome young man!

  6. Congratulations to you and your son. Best of luck to him :)

  7. Congratulations to your handsome son Diane! Great photos of a momentous occasion, minus the Biebs. It is sad that this famous young man couldn't be there to graduate with his peers. I'm glad your son finished well and is on to bigger things in the future! All the best. Pamela

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