Ballenas Secondary 2021 grads cross the stage in Parksville

From left: Jacob Novakovski, Cameron Kleven, Alexis Wright and Russia Blaine. (Mandy Moraes photo)
From left: Vy Vu and Peter Le. (Mandy Moraes photo)From left: Jacob Novakovski, Cameron Kleven, Alexis Wright and Russia Blaine. (Mandy Moraes photo) From left: Vy Vu and Peter Le. (Mandy Moraes photo)
From left: Vy Vu and Peter Le. (Mandy Moraes photo)
Graduate Ben Etes as he prepares to enter the school for the Commencement Ceremony. (Mandy Moraes photo)Graduate Ben Etes as he prepares to enter the school for the Commencement Ceremony. (Mandy Moraes photo)
Graduate Soniya Dutta, left, and graduate My Huy Lim, right. Dutta was the recipient of the District/Authority scholarship and the Parksville-Qualicum Elks Lodge No. 589 bursary. Lim was the recipient of the Rotary Club of Parksville A.M. scholarship, the Schulich Leadership scholarship and the Vancouver Island Real Estate Board (Parksville/Qualicum) scholarship. (Mandy Moraes photo)Graduate Soniya Dutta, left, and graduate My Huy Lim, right. Dutta was the recipient of the District/Authority scholarship and the Parksville-Qualicum Elks Lodge No. 589 bursary. Lim was the recipient of the Rotary Club of Parksville A.M. scholarship, the Schulich Leadership scholarship and the Vancouver Island Real Estate Board (Parksville/Qualicum) scholarship. (Mandy Moraes photo)
Graduate Khang Nguyen. (Mandy Moraes photo)Graduate Khang Nguyen. (Mandy Moraes photo)
Graduate Ben Etes after crossing the stage and receiving his diploma. (Mandy Moraes photo)Graduate Ben Etes after crossing the stage and receiving his diploma. (Mandy Moraes photo)
Graduate Janfrey Dumbrique as he crosses the stage. (Mandy Moraes photo)Graduate Janfrey Dumbrique as he crosses the stage. (Mandy Moraes photo)

Through the tail-end of a record breaking heatwave in B.C., Ballenas Secondary School graduates crossed the stage to collect their diplomas.

The Commencement Ceremony was held indoors, offering some relief from the heat, on Tuesday, June 29, from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m.

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While COVID safety protocols were still in place, the grads arrived at the school in small groups, as to allow ample time and space for photos and celebration with friends and family.

As each new alum crossed the stage, their grad photo projected behind them, principal Rudy Terpstra flipped their tassel and presented them their diplomas.

As they left the auditorium to enter a gymnasium, each grad had the opportunity to strike a pose against a backdrop, and collect a gift bag as they existed the building.

mandy.moraes@pqbnews.com

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