On October 1, years of hard work culminated in a graduation ceremony for five students at Rosebud School of the Arts. That evening, the school hosted their annual ROSA's: their graduation and scholarship banquet.

Paul Muir is the Education Director at Rosebud School and was part of this year's scholarship committee.

"We have lots of scholarship donors that come," explained Muir. "This year, we handed over $40,000 in scholarships, awards (and) bursaries. What a blessing for our students because Rosebud School of the Arts doesn't receive any public education money."

This year marks the 15th year that the school is hosting the ROSA's -- an acronym which stands for Recognizing Outstanding Student Achievement. Muir said any student is eligibile for a scholarship, not just the graduating students.

"There's a whole process where they apply for different scholarships and different scholarships have different criteria for instance. They apply and we then we have a scholarship committee that gets together and reads through all of the applications."

Unlike traditional schools which have their gradutation ceremonies in the spring, Muir said a fall graduation is more practical given the nature of the graduation requirements. Although classes run from September to April, graduating students are responsible for completing independent and final projects on their own time.

"The students have a lot of independent projects that they need to do. They have to do a final project, for instance, which is: they have to produce and act in a show of their own. They have to do all the marketing, pull a team together and, of course, they have to act in it as well," elaborated Muir. "So, although their classes end at the end of April, some of them might still be finishing up their final projects and some of their other independent projects before graduating in the fall."

Rosebud graduated five students this year: one from each of the Theatre Arts and Technical programs, and three in the Acting program. Muir revealed that one of the five is the school's 100th graduate, but the school hasn't determined which one is technically lucky number 100.

ROSA2Courtesy of Rosebud School of the Arts.

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