2022 Graduation Rites Announced for the ‘First Class’ to Start with Canyons as Kindergartners

Thirteen years ago, in August 2009, the newly formed Canyons School District welcomed its first kindergarteners. 

In what would become a proud Kindergarten College- and Career-Ready Day tradition, the students that first week of “big kid school” were asked to share who they wanted to be when they grew up. They were given mock diplomas, mortar boards, and blue wristbands labeled with the year they would eventually graduate from high school — the year 2022. 

Time flies, as the saying goes. Those once dewy-faced youngsters are now on the cusp of adulthood and are finalizing the required credits to cross commencement stages to receive their diplomas. The Class of 2022 — CSD’s “first class” of students — is the first graduating class to start and end their K-12 academic journeys with Canyons District. 

To help celebrate this milestone, Canyons District is inviting families to share “then and now” photos of their high school seniors.

For fun, parents and students could recreate kindergarten photos snapped as their kiddos went off to school for the first time. Or dig up some back-to-school photos from throughout the years. Those who would like the photos to be featured on CSD’s website and social media pages can send them to communications@canyonsdistrict.org.

Families also are encouraged to post to social media portraits of their proud graduates in all their regalia with the hashtag #FirstClassCanyons.

‘First Class’ Sendoff
for Class of 2022

The Class of 2022 — CSD’s “first class” of students — is the first graduating class to start and end their K-12 academic journeys with Canyons District, the first school district to be created in Utah in nearly 100 years. We’re asking families to celebrate these students’ place in our history by sharing photos of their high school seniors as they look now, compared to their early days as kindergartners.  Email them to us for inclusion in our community celebrations or post them on social media with the hashtag #FirstClassCanyons.

Speaking of regalia, each member of the Class of 2022 will be receiving a commemorative gift from the Canyons Board of Education and Administration signifying their place in Canyons District’s history.  

“These students have come of age with the first school district to be created in Utah in nearly 100 years,” said Canyons Superintendent Dr. Rick Robins. “They were the impetus behind residents heading to the polls to create a first-class District that was responsive to the communities it serves. They are the beneficiaries of the community’s resulting investment in new schools and innovative programs. Their story is interwoven into the very fabric of who we are.” 

Canyons District’s five traditional high schools will perform commencement rites on Wednesday, May 25, 2022. Ceremonies for special programs and schools will be held on separate dates, with the exception of South Park Academy, which is transitioning as part of the relocation of the Utah State Prison.

  • Alta High School: May 25, 10 a.m., Huntsman Center at the University of Utah
  • Brighton High School: May 25, 2 p.m., Maverik Center
  • Corner Canyon High: May 25, 6:30 p.m., Charger Stadium 
  • Hillcrest High School: May 25, 9:30 a.m., Maverik Center
  • Jordan High School:, May 25, 6:30 p.m., Maverik Center
  • Diamond Ridge: May 24, 6:30 p.m., Midvale Middle 
  • South Park Academy: No ceremony this year
  • Entrada: June 16, 7 pm., Jordan High Auditorium
  • Jordan Valley School: May 20, 3 p.m., Midvale Middle
  • Canyons Transitions Academy: May 24, 12:30-1:30 p.m., Canyons Center at the Canyons District Office

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Lucie Chamberlain

Alta View Elementary

If a movie about super teachers were ever made, Lucie Chamberlain would be a prime candidate for a leading role. Fortunately for her kindergarten students at Alta View Elementary, she already thrives in a supporting role for them. Parents thank her for being a “super teacher.” She is also described as an “amazing colleague.” Whether students need help in the classroom or from home while sick, Lucie goes above and beyond to help them learn, overcome fears, and feel important and cared for. Lucie is the reason a number of kids went from hating school to loving it, according to parents. The way she exudes patience, sweetness, positive energy, and love for her students with special needs melts is appreciated and admired. One parent noted: “Both my kids wish she could be their teacher forever.” Another added:  “She treats every student like their learning and their feelings are her priority.” Super teacher, indeed!

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