It all started last year when an article was posted on the popular blog site, “Scary Mommy” about a school in Texas that implemented a “Senior Walk” at the end of the year. The “walk” consisted of this: all graduating seniors donned their caps & gowns and paraded through the hallways of their elementary school as current elementary students cheered them on. This year, with the support of Superintendent Brian Forget, all three elementary schools in the Triton School District will be part of what promises to be an inspiring new tradition.
On Thursday, June 1st, Triton graduating Seniors will be bussed to their former elementary schools in their graduation regalia to carry out the Graduate Tour. Current elementary students will line the halls to celebrate the graduates and bear witness to what their own future could look like. It’s no secret that most elementary students are somewhat in awe of and want to emulate “big kids,” so seeing them in such a way will surely serve as inspiration to them. Likewise, the seniors will have a chance to see how far they’ve come, say thanks to their teachers, and for a moment, step back in time. Senior Erin Savage reflects, “For me personally, NES was my home away from home when I was a kid, and was where I developed most. I’m beyond grateful for everyone who was a part of the journey and all the opportunities that were given to me. There’s no better way to celebrate than by going back to the place that made it all possible.” Students, of course, won’t be the only ones to benefit. Former teachers and staff are just as eager to have a chance to congratulate and send off their former students.
Each school has different events planned after the tour, from assemblies to PTA sponsored lunches. Whatever the day holds, coming full circle will be the perfect way for graduating seniors to complete their experience at Triton. We wish them all the best in the future!