The year-end graduation ceremony held at Mi’kmawey School on Thursday, June 28, 2012 saw a record number of graduates from high school and post secondary institutions.

The evening began with Chief Wilbert Marshall welcoming all community members and congratulating all graduates and education employees for a job well done. The opening prayer was done by Lillian B. Marshall and a smudging ceremony was conducted by Josie Augustine of Elispogtog, NB. Nathan Martell, a student at Mi’kmawey School, performed a flawless rendition of the National Anthem entirely in Mi’kmaw.

During the course of the evening, the audience was privy to a variety of performances from students of Mi’kmawey School and from Potlotek High School. Trio, a group made up of three little girls from Mi’kmawey School, sang their version of “The Rose” while Josie Cremo performed Judy Garland’s “Over the Rainbow”. Russell Adney Marshall, a graduate of Potlotek High School entertained the audience with his natural gift of music and humor.

The highlight of the evening was the presentation of awards. Richmond Academy, an off reserve high school graduated four students – Robert George, Terrance Gloade, Torie MacNeil and Kendall Marshall. Eskasoni High School graduated two students – Cayden Denny and Candace Johnson, while Tarren Johnson graduated from Amherst.

Nova Scotia Community College saw Jacob Battiste graduating from the Carpentry Program, Noel Julian Jr. fro ...

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