High school pupils are a class act at graduation

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Hawick High School’s inaugural sixth year graduation ceremony has been hailed as a resounding success which looks set to become an annual event.

The alumni looked very impressive dressed in formal graduation robes and mortar boards in Common-Riding colours, paid for thanks to student fund-raising and a generous donation from the parent council.

Presiding over proceedings at the town hall event were Zandra Elliot, performing her last civic duty as honorary provost; rector Alan Williamson; and Lesley Mitchell, parent council chairperson.

Master of ceremonies was Peter Beaton, deputy head teacher, while guest speaker Ian Landles entertained the audience with a fantastic speech.

Graduating pupils were accompanied by relatives, who joined the school in celebrating their achievements and wishing them all the best for the future. Dougal Hawkshaw, principal teacher (pastoral), told the Hawick News: “This ceremony was inaugurated to recognise the hard work and commitment shown by our pupils over the course of their six years at the high school.

“It was part of our ongoing programme to inspire Hawick’s young people to realise their ambitions and reach out for positive destinations.”