The program started with a performance. Both kids are sitting in the front row - starting from the left, Sweet Son is 3rd and Sweet Daughter is 4th. Sweet Daughter is the one who opens the entire performance by herself!
Warning it is a long video - 8 minutes.
Sweet Son gets his fake diploma and tells everyone she wants to be a scientist when he grows up.
Sweet Daughter gets her fake diploma and tells everyone she wants to be a dance teacher when she grows up.
While both kids knew ahead of time they would get a fake diploma on the stage and their real one after the show, they weren't really sure they should even bother taking the fake one. Sweet Son wanting to be a scientist isn't new. It would actually be a good fit for his currently personality (which could change greatly before he needs to decide). Sweet Daughter made a strange choice. We tried dance lessons and she didn't like them. Apparently she kept changing her mind every time they practiced so she was told she had to choose something and dance teacher was one of the suggestions someone offered her. I told her she can change her mind hourly as far as I am concerned. She has plenty of time to decide.
After the fake diploma ceremony - each child walked across the stage one by one. The kids performed one more song and then it was time for cookies and their real diplomas.
I cannot tell you how much we have loved this school. My kids literally and figuratively grew up there. One started as an excited, energetic, talk non stop bundle of joy and ended exactly the same way only taller and with a great deal more knowledge. The other started a shy, quiet, timid, cautious child. While none of that really changed, by graduation that child was leading yoga, teaching other children, and surrounded by friends. They both thrived in the Montessori environment and we still miss the teachers. We do go back to visit. :)