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News Release: Traditional Celebration of Achievement Celebrating 22nd Graduating Class

News Release: Traditional Celebration of Achievement Celebrating 22nd Graduating Class

(Fort McMurray, AB - May 22, 2019) Fort McMurray Public School District, Fort McMurray Catholic Schools and Northland School Division are pleased to announce the 2019 Traditional Celebration of Achievement (TCOA) will be held on May 23, 2019 - 7 p.m., at Keyano Theatre.

The Traditional Celebration of Achievement recognizes and honours the First Nations, Metis, and Inuit (FNMI) graduates of the Wood Buffalo region. Students from Fort McMurray, Fort Chipewyan, Fort McKay, Anzac, Janvier, and Conklin will be honoured.

“Fort McMurray Public School District is proud to champion Indigenous education. Thanks to our hard-working staff and the support of students and parents, self-identification numbers have gone up by 70 students this year. Our Indigenous students are sharing their beautiful culture with all of us and several of the students have been recognized locally and provincially receiving awards. On behalf of the Board of Trustees, senior administration and staff we congratulate all of our students who will be crossing the stage. It's a milestone event for our schools, and for our District,” said Doug Nicholls, Superintendent, Fort McMurray Public School District.

Fort McMurray Catholic Schools Superintendent George McGuigan, “I remember the work that went into the very first TCOA at Father Mercredi High School. It’s incredible to think back now over 20 years and see what great strides we’ve made. Fort McMurray Catholic Schools is proud to have an over 90% graduation rate for Indigenous students - 47% above the provincial average. Thank you to all of the organizers on the TCOA committee. It is inspiring to see these students cross the stage each year and know the opportunities available to them. We at Fort McMurray Catholic Schools are pleased to be a part of their success.”

The inaugural TCOA was held in 1998 when 33 graduates from the Fort McMurray area crossed the stage. Approximately 120 graduates are expected to graduate on Thursday evening.

Congratulations everyone.

For more information, please contact:

Kiran Malik-Khan

Communications Manager

Fort McMurray Public School District #2833

Cell: 780-880-7666

Work: 780-788-8009

kiran.malikkhan@fmpsd.ab.ca