Graduation 2014 Review
May 26, 2014
At Parkview Adventist Academy, graduation weekend (May 23-25, 2014) celebrates more than just student accomplishments. As Brock Stephens, the grade 12 Spiritual Representative, pointed out in his tribute to God, graduation acknowledges the good work that God has begun that He will carry out until the day of its completion.
Each of the 31 graduates shared memories of their classmates from the year’s events, and encouragement for the future based on a shared faith. A special tribute to parents recognized the incredible sacrifice and support offered by those who believe in the wonderful Christian education at PAA, especially those of families whose children leave home to live in the dorm. Teachers took a decidedly Christian approach in their personal presentations to students, finding a meaningful memory and Bible text to share with each one.
Andrea Laskowski, grade 12 President and Salutatorian, challenged her peers to find themselves and let God lead in their lives. Evidence of God’s leading was clear when Principal Angela Bishop introduced Jillene Richter, the Valedictorian, as a young Christian woman with a heart as big as the Alberta sky. Jillene followed by thanking each classmate, teacher, and supporter of Christian education for making it a priority.
In keeping with the class aim written by Corrie Ten Boom, “Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God,” these graduating students may not know everything about what comes next, but they know in Whom they have believed with a confidence that only comes through the blessing of Adventist education.