I now have two kids in high school.
Xander graduated from grade 8. And he looked sharp doing it.
Grade 8 grad has turned into quite a THING, especially for the girls and most kids are DRESSED to the hilt. Xander has grown about 5 inches this year and needed clothes, but is a practical kid who prizes comfort over most things and chose this fantastic ensemble. It was a jillion degrees in the auditorium, and so being one of the only kids in shorts made him the smartest grad in the room.
The ceremony was...fine (I'm going to leave it at that--search my twitter if you really need to know). My son got his certificate and had a night to celebrate with his friends. This is the time where the kids part ways and go to different high schools so it's good they had a day-long boat cruise in Lake Ontario to play and a ceremony where proud parents can take lots of pictures.
I'm super proud of you Xanderman--you worked really hard this year and made the honour roll for the first time. High school will be hard work but will also be lots of fun if you keep being the awesome teen you are now.