With so much suffering going on across the globe, and the even more damaging, outsized worrying about it, it is natural that we view the future with fear and trepidation: last Friday’s Graduation Ceremony went a long way to putting paid to that notion. If the Class of 2021 are representative at all of the rising generation of adults, then you can rest assured: we are all in good hands. All this talk about a ‘lost generation’ of young people, whom have been irreparably marred by the Covid catatrophe and destined for a life on the analyst’s couch, seems a bit over-the-top if the resiliency, optimism and sheer quality of our Class of 2021 graduates are anything to judge by.
The intelligence, humour and good will on display in Friday’s graduation and award ceremony bode well for a world that is left in their capable hands. Mr. Carvill and Mr. Gallagher, the producers, directors and emcees on the night are actual ‘Boomers’ but they pulled off an absolute stunner of a ceremony. Both were were spot-on in their selection and delivery of prayers, memories, awards and videos; and they were well complemented by the speeches of Principal Dónal ÓDúlaing, CEO Ann Sheppard, PPU Pres Peter O’Neill, Chaplain Michael Collins and, most poignantly, School Captain 2021 Ted O’Kelly. Watch the video below to hear all the speeches and see the winners of all the awards. Enjoy!