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Bermuda High School Class of 2017 (Photograph supplied)

Bermuda High School has held its second annual Graduation Walk to celebrate the Class of 2017.

Dressed in their caps and gowns, the graduates paraded past more than 300 cheering primary students to allow the younger students to congratulate them and share in the excitement.

It was also an opportunity to remind the graduates, some of whom have attended the school since Year 1, of how far they have come, the school said in a statement.

The event on May 22 was followed by a ceremony that evening, which saw 52 students receive their diplomas surrounded by family, friends, staff, trustees and other invited guests.

Linda Parker, the Head of School, congratulated each student on their hard work and dedication and wished them success as they embarked on the next chapter of their lives.

“I encourage you to recognise what excites you, understand what drives you and embrace your passion,” she said. “Then follow your dreams.”

Guest speaker Andrew Banks, husband of Dame Pamela Gordon Banks and a father of three BHS alumnae, shared valuable advice with the graduates as they begin the next phase of their lives.

He spoke about the importance of “being collaborative and working well with others” and how “the sweetest success is a shared success”.

Mr Banks concluded his speech by telling them, “as you go forward, to fulfil your dreams, my wish for you is that you will make good choices, among those choosing to ‘always respond and never react’”.

This year’s graduates are heading off to universities in Canada, the United States, Britain, Europe and the West Indies.

Some of their chosen disciplines include architecture, actuarial mathematics, adult nursing, art, business, criminology, communications and media, economics, Egyptology and classical studies, English, film studies, international relations, kinesiology, maths, medicine, psychology, sign language and science.

Graduating BHS students are celebrated by younger years (Photograph supplied)