All systems go for grad

Mount Baker Grad Committee braces students for their big send-off

  • May. 23, 2013 7:00 p.m.

Kaity Brown

Townsman Staff

Mount Baker grads are kicking off their grad in style at the red-carpet runway themed Relay For Life this Saturday, May 25. As they have done in the past, the grads will participate in the event to raise money for cancer research.

Grad committee chair Keltie Murdoch says that the committee has a lot of plans in the works where the grads can make memories before they take the world head-on.

“The main goal of the grad committee is to support good activities for grad and to create a send-off environment so the graduates can celebrate their achievement of getting through school,” Murdoch says.

The group is made up of student volunteers who meet every second Wednesday despite their busy schedules and all the loose ends that they need to tie before the end of the school year.

“We just get together and we try to talk and come up with ideas for grads to do and things to organize that we could possibly put on for the grads or put on for the community,” she says.

One of the biggest jobs that the parent grad committee is taking on is the prom arrangements. The theme: Arabian Nights. This action is their way of trying to make the difficult transition a little easier.

“They’ve decided that it’s something they want to take on and to do for us,” says Murdoch.

“There are always people who are willing to step up and help out and that’s always nice to see.”

The grad says that working with the committee has been a really great experience for her and that she has seen the group make a difference for her peers with regards to alleviating stress that comes from the high-school wrap-up.

“More than anything, I think it’s just a group that is trying to make graduation a more pleasant experience because so many kids are so caught up with all their stress and their exams and busy with university applications and scholarship applications.”

Although this chapter of their lives is coming to a close, they still have lots of time together and events to look forward to, not to mention the opportunities they on the brink of.

Murdoch, for example, is already working towards starting at UBC in September in the engineering program.

The Townsman would like to wish the grads early congratulations and good luck in their future endeavours.