The 6th Year Graduation for the class of 2020 took place on Thursday 21 May 2020. This online graduation was conducted via Zoom but another graduation will take place later in the year when restrictions allow.
The ceremony was opened by the Year Head, Mr. Brían Ó Donnchadha who congratulated students on their completion of five or six years of secondary school education in St. David’s.
School Principal, Ms. Mary O’ Doherty, was next on camera. She opened with a prayer for the graduating class and then proceeded to thank students for the standards they had set throughout their time in St. David’s, as well as for their kindness and generosity which they had shown. Finally, Ms. O’ Doherty wished students health and happiness in their future lives.
The next section of the ceremony consisted of a video that was put together by Ms. Cunningham. Many of the teachers of 6th Year students and staff of St. David’s developed short video clips to personally wish the students of the gradating class all the best for the years ahead.
Deputy Principal, Mr. Simon Carey, then graced the camera with some kind words. Firstly, he pointed out this group of young men and women had made history by becoming the first Leaving Certificate class to not sit the examinations. He proceeded to mention some of his common phrases which tended to arise when he found himself in close proximity to some of the 6th Year students. These included “smile”, “who are you?”, and “where are the shoes?” Mr. Carey finished off by wishing the amazing and wonderful class of 2020 all the best for the future.
Next up was a video which was consisted of numerous photographs that were taken throughout the journey of the class of 2020 throughout their time in St. David’s. This excellent video was sure to bring back a few memories for the students involved! Students also took the time within the video to express their gratitude towards the teachers, school staff, Mr. Carey and Ms. O’ Doherty for all that had been done for them over their time in St. David’s. Well done to Stephen, Norbert, Ava and Carolann for putting in a large amount of time and effort.
The 6th Year Graduation concluded with Mr. Ó Donnchadha who thanked everyone for their involvement and once again wished students all the best in the future.
A big thank you to Mr. Ó Donnchadha for his work in organising the Graduation, to Ms. Cunningham who contributed significantly to the organisation and also put together the video from the teachers, and to Mr. Carey and Ms. O’ Doherty for their kind words and best wishes to the class of 2020!