Excitement is in the air for Drumheller Valley Secondary School grade 12 students as they prepare for their graduation ceremony this weekend.
Principal Curtis LaPierre is proud of the 95 students who have reached the end of their high school careers.
"Every year comes with its challenges, but also comes with celebrations and triumphs," said LaPierre. "We have our largest class that we have had in decades graduating this year. Despite all the stories you hear, when you see them all together in caps and gowns, it really is a beautiful thing."
As thrilling as grad season is, LaPierre urges students to be safe this weekend.
"It is always a risk with teenagers who are in celebratory mode, and they forget the risk associated with getting behind the wheel while they are under the influence of some kind," he explained. "We always want to stress safety for our kids."
Lapierre urges everyone to look out for this years graduating class.
"Parents can play an important part of ensuring safety by making sure that they know where their kids and car keys are," urged LaPierre. "If we all play our part, everything will work out beautifully."
DVSS Graduation Ceremony is this Saturday, May 26 at the Badlands Community Facility.