By Erick Joven
The end of middle school marks a pivotal time in a student’s life. Students have learned and developed so much, both socially and academically, during their time in elementary and middle school. Eighth grade graduation marks the start of their journey into adulthood.
The TK8 campus will hold its first graduation ceremony on Friday June 3 at the Devonshire campus. While this is not the first graduating class, because of the pandemic, it is the first physical graduation ceremony.
Eighth grade culmination is a time when students begin to blossom, when they go through changes and begin making their own decisions. Students are left with many questions as to where they want to go, what they want to be, and how they will feel once they start this new chapter in their life in high school and beyond.
Students and staff are excited to celebrate everyone’s accomplishments in getting the students to this point.
“It has been an amazing experience. We have literally seen this program grow from the ground up. What started as a group of bungalows on a construction site is now a beautiful building filled with nearly one thousand future GHC graduates,” Assistant Administrative Director Victoria Marzouk said.
Many of the eight grade students are excited but nervous which is quite normal considering the big changes in their lives that they are about to make, their first steps into becoming members of society.
“I’m excited! But a little sad that we don’t have any more events,” eighth grader Ayaan Hasan said.
“We have been preparing them for these changes over the course of their middle school careers and now that the time is here. The majority of students will be matriculating to the high school campus,” Marzouk said.
The students are very prepared to take on the rigorous courses that the high school campus has to offer. The TK-8 program is an International Baccalaureate (IB) candidate school which prepares the students for the IB program or Advanced Placement (AP) programs on the high school campus.
“These are an amazing group of kids who have endless potential. I can’t wait for them to show us,” Marzouk said.