Students at Wilberforce Elementary School have said goodbye to another school year – and are celebrating the arrival of summer vacation following their graduation ceremony June 26.

The parents of the graduating class of 2024 cheered for their kids while seated in the Lloyd Watson Memorial Community Centre.

The 13, Grade 8 grads were decked out in green graduation gowns and caps, and sat at the front of the room along with the grads from Grades 4, 5, 6 and 7, who were also honoured.

The soon-to-be high school students collected their diplomas, and awards were given out, including for citizenship, academic achievement, and leadership.

Dave Burton, mayor of Highlands East, said, “we look forward to seeing you off to bigger and better things next September”.

Valedictorians Andra Brad and Mia Alden reminisced and talked about looking forward to high school. “We will never forget all the memorable moments. I can’t wait to see all the things we will accomplish in the years to come,” Alden said.

The ceremony ended with a video tribute to the graduating Grade 8 class.

Director of education for Trillium Lakelands District School Board, Wes Hahn, highlighted some “great” events in the 202324 school year in his end-of-year video. They included Day of Paint, Pride month, the second annual Pow Wow and drum social, and the Better Together Arts Showcase.