The 2013-2014 school year is drawing to a close and students in Kindergarten, Grammar School, the School of Dialectic, and the School of Rhetoric are donning cap and gown to commemorate their academic achievements in ceremonies with friends and family all week long. We think graduation really is a “Commencement” of a new stage in life, and we always strive to make the ceremonies honor tradition while looking ahead to the new opportunities awaiting each graduate.
Tuesday morning at 10 AM, we’ll honor our Kindergarten students with a graduation ceremony in the Great Room. Proud parents, grandparents, siblings and extended family will be there cheering on the soon-to-be Grammar students as they walk across the stage to receive their hard earned Kindergarten diplomas. We understand that learning to read and memorize and get along well with others is hard work, and these pint-sized grads are fully worthy of recognition. Of course no celebration is complete without cake and punch, so a reception after the ceremony meets that requirement!
Tuesday afternoon at 2 PM ACA fifth graders will be graduating from Grammar School to the School of Dialectic. This important passage from the stage of “wonder and delight” to that of “order and wisdom” is filled with speeches, ceremony, and lots of applause. House Leaders from the School of Dialectic have already determined which incoming students will join each of the Four Royal Houses and those announcements are a highly anticipated portion of the ceremony, too. Of course, a reception after the ceremony is order, so cake and punch is on the agenda once again in the afternoon.
The School of Dialectic will hold its graduation ceremony for eighth graders moving to the School of Rhetoric on Thursday night in the Great Room. Many of the Rhetoric students will attend resplendent in their traditional high convocation uniform (khakis, blazer, oxford shirts and school or House tie) to honor and welcome their new classmates. A senior leader will welcome the graduates to their new roles as Rhetoric students and charge them to live up to the school motto to do all things in their high school careers “for the glory of the Lord.”
Finally, Friday, May 16th, brings the Commencement ceremony for graduates of the School of Rhetoric at Woodlake Church where the celebration moves into high gear. Faculty and staff are on hand in full regalia, House representatives light ceremonial candles, selected students present the senior class banner, and members from all four Royal Houses honor the graduates by forming an arch for their entrance into the ceremony. Traditional speeches by the salutatorian and valedictorian add to the pomp and circumstance. In lieu of a speaker, we spend the time recounting achievements such as community service, missions, leadership, and academic excellence for each graduate as he or she crosses the stage to receive one of the four high school diplomas offered at ACA. During the reception (which includes cake and punch, of course) senior tables review milestones in the graduates’ lives and family and friends come by to congratulate the new ACA alum as they embark on this new adventure.
We believe in tradition, honor, respect, and fun at Augustine Christian Academy, and we do our best to make this week of graduations galore capture that spirit. Congratulations to all the graduates. Enjoy this special time; you earned it!