My High School Graduation

Ok, so it wasn’t MY high school graduation… but I was there.

On June 13th, just 3 days after landing in Canada, my youngest sister (Lisa) had her high school graduation ceremony, which was great. She sang in the choir, including a terrific solo, and she won an award as top English student and top AV student. Plus there were TV crews there because a former student who had to quit school in WWII to earn money for his family was getting an honourary diploma. Here are a few photos from the event:

During her solo:

Receiving her diploma (actually the cover is empty, they get their diplomas in the mail in the summertime hehe)

English award:

AV award co-winners:

With the parents:

With Tony Araujo, the choir director:

4/5 siblings with Mrs Nannery, our former English and English Lit teacher, who is also currently a Vice-Principal. Check out my ridiculous ‘stache:


Chan Centre ceiling

It’s been 3 weeks since my last post, not for lack of events and photos, but for lack of time. I’m just concluding what has probably been the busiest, most sleep-deprived short period of my life. And I once pulled an all-nighter at least once a week for an entire semester (term 2 in 2nd year), so I know what sleep deprivation is.

Over the next few weeks I’ll try and put up some interesting photos and a bit of what’s been going on lately. Today’s topic: Graduation at the Chan Centre.

On November 22, my brother Matt graduated from UBC with a Bachelor of Commerce in Accounting from the Sauder School of Business.

The next day, November 23, my oldest brother Dan graduated from UBC with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Mathematics, with co-op option.

Matt spent 5.5 academic years (2 terms = 1 academic year) in post-secondary education, and Dan spent 7.5 academic years at UBC. When I graduate in May, after 5.5 academic years, I’ll be the third to graduate in the space of only 6 months! And to think, for a little while, 4 out of 5 children in my family were UBC students. My parents both have UBC degrees and my baby sis will end up here too. Talk about family tradition.

And now for the photos:

Nov 22:

Singing Oh Canada at the beginning:

Dad, Granny, and Mom

This guy is definitely not paying attention to the grads walking across the stage

I believe this is the only photo I’ve ever seen in which I can honestly say that Matt and I look VERY alike:

Hey, it’s never too late to get a degree! University is free for senior citizens in BC.


Luckily, despite somewhat similar looks at times, I’m significantly taller than Matt, and almost as tall as Dan.

Nov 23:

Immediately after this photo was taken, as he was still on stage, my two sisters and I yelled out in perfect synchrony and the loud projection of three chamber choir singers, “FINALLY!” Definitely a crowd pleaser. (yes, I used to be in a chamber choir, my sister was as well, and my baby sis still is)

It was cold and windy, hence the forced smiles: