Olivet Academy held its Graduation ceremony on June 24th for the Kindergarten and 5th-grade classes of 2019, marking the beginning of a new chapter in their education.
The school’s Senior Principal Dr. Eric Mindrebo delivered the Graduation address from Psalms 117 and 118 exhorting students and the community to rejoice in the Lord beyond the circumstances. Peter Davis was the class’ speaker. Attendants joyfully cheered and gave thanks to God as students made the symbolic walk to the next chapter of their life in front of classmates, teachers, family, and friends.
Dr. Mindrebo, the senior principal, Dr. Jessica Yu, the Principal, and Claire Mendoza, Education Director delivered the diplomas with Kindergarten teacher Ms. Caroline Susa and 5th-grade teacher Ms. Alexandra Casado to thirteen Kindergarten and seven 5th grade students.
“Personally, I started low in the beginning but then I realized I had to put my trust in God. I prayed that I would get straight A’s and then I worked hard and got good grades. A verse that touched my heart is Proverbs 3 verse 5 to 6 which says “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding, in all ways give him thanks and he will direct your path,” Peter Davis shared. “I believe our class did this, and we will continue to work hard and trust God next school year.”
The 5th-grade class presented a skit about their school life with a message to trust in the Lord when academic challenges arise. Kindergarteners presented worship dance performances. Several prizes were awarded to students across all grades to acknowledge their high achievement, good citizenship, community and agricultural service this past school year.
“I was thankful that all the kids successfully finished and go to the next chapter (new academic year) safely,” shared P Joanne Yim whose son Joshua Cho graduated from 5th grade. “And I was glad that everyone was happy during the commencement. I would like to express special thanks to the teachers for their hard work even if there was not enough support for them. Lastly, I thank God that he allowed us to educate our precious 2nd generation in our own school. I would like to participate more as a supporting parent for our academy in the future.”
“I am very thankful to God for allowing my child to attend such a wonderful school and receive quality Christ-centered education coupled with fun programs and activities. May God bless our school and all the teachers!” shared Joanna Bartovic, whose son Aaron graduated from Kindergarten.
There was a special reception for all attendants after the ceremony followed by photographs. Olivet Academy in Dover is grateful for God’s providence and absolute guidance throughout these years and for allowing it to make an impact in children’s lives.