Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018 at 1:45 pm in the gym
If you are new to WA, you may not know about a unique gathering that we do each year for our most recent WA graduates. Since IB Exam results are published in July following graduation, it is not until the November that the school receives the students'/graduates' actual IB Diplomas or IB Certificates. Each year while most of the 2017 Alumni are home for winter break, we invite our freshest grads to return to WA and take an opportunity to catch up and visit with one another, and their former DP teachers, over lunch.
The 2017 Alumni then gather at 1:45 pm, along with any of their parents, family or friends that would like to attend, (along with our Grade 9-12 students) in the WA Gymnasium for a brief celebratory ceremony to honor the IB Diploma and Certificate recipients.
But we are not done yet - we then ask our 2017 Alumni to remain behind after the ceremony and meet with the current DP students (Grades 11-12) for a short time of Q&A and sharing of first-semester college reflections. Through the years, we have been told this brief talk-time has been very rewarding for many students, and teachers, to hear how their hard work in the Diploma Programme has paid off for our graduates - not only in widening their college selection options, but also in the successes our graduates have realized while away at college in their confidence levels, time management skills, leadership abilities, and achievements in their college courses!
At the conclusion of this event, the alumni are presented with a gift of congratulations from the Board of Trustees and Municipal Staff consisting of: a downloadable link to all professional photos taken at the 2017 Commencement Ceremony plus a flash drive(s) with video recordings of their commencement and Senior Banquet. **2017 Alumni Parents are welcome to pick up this gift (along with their IB Diploma/Certificates) at the ceremony if your graduate is not able to attend. See Martha McKinney or Stacy Stoyanoff in Secondary Office if after Jan. 10, 2018 event.
All 2017 graduates and their parents were emailed an invitation before Thanksgiving about this January 10 event. If you did not receive an emailed invitation, please contact Communications & Community Affairs Director Ginger Awtry via email or give her a call at 817-490-5719 for more information.