One of my favourite events at Robert Land Academy is the Graduation Parade and Closing Ceremonies. The students are happy and excited to be heading home for summer break; parents are happy and thrilled to see their sons; the graduating class is both excited and nervous to be heading to post-secondary institutions; and there is a truly joyful atmosphere on campus.
For myself and certainly for the rest of the staff, Graduation is an opportunity to recognize the accomplishments of the cadets and see how far they’ve come. The celebration at Robert Land Academy started Thursday, June 14 with a barbecue for the graduating class, which was followed by a special awards presentation on Friday where cadets received the medals and pins they had earned and many awards were presented. Saturday, June 16 was the final graduation parade and closing ceremony. Major General Kenneth Nava, Adjutant General of the New Mexico National Guard gave us the honour of inspecting the cadets and giving our commencement address, deepening our strong ties to the New Mexico National Guard.
All photos of the event can be seen here.
For the past decade every Robert Land Academy graduate who has applied to post-secondary institutions has been accepted – a 100% success rate we’re very proud of. This year was no different, as we announced students heading to Connestoga College in Kitchener, ON; Fanshawe College in London; ON, Mohawk College in Hamilton, ON; Western University in London, ON; University of Toronto; University of Manitoba; University of Lethbridge in Alberta; University of British Columbia; Bishop’s University in Quebec; and Newcastle University in the United Kingdom.