Whether it`s finding that sea foam blue, asymmetrical dress you saw three nights ago at that one store you can’t recall the name of, or deciding between postsecondary institutions, it seems that everything is suddenly incredibly important.
Would you look at that, it’s already June 26th. Rise and shine, dear graduate! Your big day is finally here! Be sure to shine those shoes and straighten out your Sunday’s best, because Mass starts promptly at 8:45 a.m. at Regina Mundi. Afterwards, you will be treated to a delightful graduate-only brunch at the Hamilton Convention Centre at 10:30 a.m., immediately followed by a graduation rehearsal at Hamilton Place at 12:15 p.m.
After four years of slaving away at your desk, hours past midnight, trying to get through those five lessons of math homework you missed, I am happy to announce that you are done! The long awaited graduation ceremony starts at 7 p.m., but graduates MUST be there at 6:15. Everyone is required to have their ticket for entry, graduates and guests alike.
Families start shuffling in, cameras are set up, graduates prep their voices to scream for their friends when they walk across the dreaded stage; it seems we are ready. That night, we can anticipate a wonderful speech by this year’s valedictorian, Cassandra Difrancesco, numerous graduation awards and a fancy costume diploma.
Wait, June 27th already? Say hello to the dinner/dance! Graduates who attended the ceremony are more than welcome to join us. The festivities will start at 6 p.m. with a reception that will last approximately 30 minutes, and at 6:30 we will be able to feast to our heart’s content on the absolutely delectable menu.
We shall start with baked rolls and butter, followed by an antipasto consisting of one slice of cantaloupe with prosciutto, bocconcini and olives. Afterwards, the main dish will be served: some lovely grilled chicken with pink pepper corn dressing and a side of roasted potatoes, vegetables, and a fresh garden salad with an olive oil and vinaigrette dressing. Also with the main dish, a choice of cheese or meat-filled pasta tortellini with alfredo or tomato sauce.
Can I pause to mention the unlimited drinks throughout the night? With the exception of alcoholic beverages, graduates can fill up on whatever they would like!
And then the moment we – and by we I mean I – have been waiting for: dessert. Dessert comes twice, the first time being at the end of the dinner. Graduates will be served a crêpe with strawberry sauce, chocolate drizzle and powdered sugar. Coffee or tea will also be provided for you hot beverage lovers out there. At 8:30 the floor is yours! Break out those practiced dance moves and shimmy all you want until midnight. But when you start to feel lightheaded from all that intense partying, head over to the late night dessert table at 9:30, filled with brownies, fruit, cannolis, and charming little tart squares.
This year is bound to be one of the best graduations yet. Hope to see all the graduates there!