On Thursday, June 30, St. Michael’s College School held Grade 12 Graduation, sending over 211 graduates through the Arch, beyond the yellow brick walls, and onto the next chapter of life.
Graduation was attended by over 1000 family members, friends, faculty, and staff, who waited in anticipation and excitement as the Class of 2016 received their St. Michael’s diplomas.
The celebration began with morning Mass, held at Holy Rosary Church, where the President, Fr. Thompson, CSB ’79, delivered a moving homily. Mass was followed by lunch for the Grade 12s prior to the ceremony. The 163rd St.Michael's graduation ceremony opened with a thought provoking address delivered by Fr. Thompson, CSB, and Principal Greg Reeves ’73, who discussed the importance of faith, hope, and curiosity, while embarking on life beyond St. Michael’s. Canadian Sports Broadcaster, and former professional basketball player, Leo Rautins ’78 then addressed the graduating class, discussing his inspirational journey as a past St. Michael’s student and athlete. Grade 12 Valedictorian Yianni Demestihas shared motivational words reflecting on his time at St. Mike’s, the friendships forged, and the life lessons, challenges, and triumphs along the way. The ceremony honoured over 60 different award winners and scholarship recipients, as well as 211 graduates who received their diplomas, before honouring the school tradition of proudly walking through the St. Michael’s Arch for the first time.
On behalf of St. Michael’s College School, we would like to wish the Class of 2016 all the best in their future endeavors, and great success beyond the yellow bricks as St. Michael’s Men.
"Be kind and considerate, show respect, protect the weak, choose to be happy, and enjoy the moment" Leo Rautins ’78