CHRIS BUSH/THE NEWS BULLETIN Nanaimo District Secondary School graduates made their way across the walkway at the Vancouver Island Conference Centre moments before their graduation ceremony Thursday.

Grade 12s graduate, school’s out for summer

All Nanaimo high schools held grad ceremonies this week

Nanaimo’s Grade 12 students donned caps and gowns and crossed the stage as graduates this week.

All five of Nanaimo’s public high schools held grad ceremonies this week. Nanaimo District, John Barsby, Wellington and Dover Bay high schools all held their ceremonies the same day Thursday at the Port Theatre or the Vancouver Island Conference Centre, and Cedar Community Secondary School held its ceremony two days earlier at the high school.

Scott Saywell, Nanaimo Ladysmith Public Schools superintendent, offered a special message to grads, playing his guitar and singing in a YouTube video posted Monday.

“After 13 years of school, I know you’ve learned a lot/And maybe you’ll be a lawyer or a chef or an astronaut/And now that you’re a graduate, there’s still a long way to go/Because even though you’ve learned a lot you still don’t know what you don’t know,” Saywell sang.

After his song was done, the superintendent congratulated all graduating students.

“Go out and change the world,” he said.

EDITORIAL: Grade 12s graduating, ready for what’s next

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

Tour de Rock ready to start making its way down Vancouver Island

Tour de Rock takes place Sept. 21 to Oct. 4

Nanaimo high school students cut class to attend climate action rally

Extinction Rebellion Nanaimo rally raises awareness, demands action against climate change

Public meeting will explore ideas to battle addiction and crime in Nanaimo

Organizers call for treatment centres, accountability for crimes, citizens’ task force

VIU students empowered to ‘shift the vote’ this election

VIU Students’ Union, B.C. Federation of Students launch ‘Our Time is Now’ campaign

Nanaimo-Ladysmith candidates ‘disappointed’ with prime minister over blackface

Situation a ‘nightmare’ for Trudeau and the Liberals, says VIU professor

PHOTOS: Young protesters in B.C. and beyond demand climate change action

Many demonstaers were kids and teens who skipped school to take part

Beefs & Bouquets, Sept. 19

To submit a beef or a bouquet to the Nanaimo News Bulletin, e-mail

Nanaimo athletes earn gold, silver, bronze at 55-Plus B.C. Games

Huge contingent of local participants competed in largest-ever 55-Plus B.C. Games in Kelowna

Nanaimo beekeepers take down nest of giant hornets

One nest eradicated at Robins Park, but there are still Asian giant hornets around

Walmart to quit selling e-cigarettes amid vaping backlash

U.S.’s largest retailer points to ‘growing’ complications in federal, state and local regulations

Former B.C. lifeguard gets house arrest for possession of child porn

Cees Vanderniet of Grand Forks will serve six months of house arrest, then two years’ probation

Crown alleges resentment of ex-wife drove Oak Bay father to kill his daughters

Patrick Weir alleged in his closing arguments that Andrew Berry is responsible for the deaths of his daughters

‘I’d do it again,’ says B.C. man who swam naked, drunk in Toronto shark tank

David Weaver, of Nelson, was drunk when he went to Ripley’s Aquarium in Toronto on Oct. 12 2018

How to react to Trudeau’s racist photos? With humility, B.C. prof says

‘We are now treating racism as a crime that you cannot recover from’

Most Read