Jun. 14, 2021
Adapted for Video
Hello class of 2021!
I’m Christopher Usih, Chief Superintendent of Schools for the Calgary Board of Education. I am so honoured to be a part of your graduation ceremony.
I’ll start by saying - You did it!
High school graduation is a significant milestone in your life. It is a recognition of your many accomplishments and deserves to be celebrated.
I am so proud of each of you and applaud your academic journeys.
You have certainly had an unusual high school experience.
You were challenged in unforeseen ways and had to work through some unique circumstances. You have finished high school during a difficult global pandemic.
You have had to become more proficient in adapting to changing learning environments. And yet, because of these experiences, you have become more resilient and overcome all of these obstacles to reach your goal.
But your graduation is not just about the last few years of your K-12 education.
It’s about the friendships you have made. It’s about the relationships you have with your teachers, coaches and mentors.
It’s about the love and assistance from your family - all of the people who have been there to support you through the struggles and triumphs.
They are all proud of you!
While you might not have the ceremony or the stage you thought you would be crossing, you should feel an even greater sense of accomplishment.
We know you are ready to take your knowledge and unique gifts out into the world.
And I know I speak for all of us when I say we are excited to see what you will do next.
My heartfelt congratulations to the Class of 2021!