When students graduate high school they often graduate with hundreds of their fellow classmates. For those who attend smaller schools, they might walk across the stage with a handful of students. For Jordan Macgillivary, his high school graduation will be even smaller. The 18-year-old will be the only student to graduate from Advocate District School in Nova Scotia, Canada this year.
And it’s not because his fellow classmates failed to graduate, his senior class actually has a 100% graduation rate this year. Macgillivary is the only student in his twelfth grade class.
“It does feel weird. It’s different knowing you’re the only one everyone is going to be looking at.”
The high school senior told CBC News he’s known for awhile that he would be the only one receiving all the attention once the big day rolled around, but still thought it was odd. About two years ago when the teen was in tenth grade, there were three students in the class of 2017. However, two of them moved, leaving Macgillivary all by himself.
Macgillivary said he was “disappointed” at first, but realized his classmates wanted to try something different and there was nothing he could do about it. In order to combat his loneliness, he made friends with those in lower grades — Advocate District School has about 60 students from elementary to high school. In an interview with VICE, Macgillivary said that a few years ago another student was a lone graduate so he asked her for advice.
“She said ‘Don’t ever try to isolate yourself. Always include yourself with other people in the school.'”
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And that’s exactly what Macgillivary has been doing ever since his two classmates transferred schools. He considers himself to be “very close” to the students in the grade below him, but also talks with students in other grades.
Luckily, the high school senior won’t have to worry about missing out on the typical end-of-the-year activities just because he’s the only one graduating. “It doesn’t matter how many graduates there are. We’re a small school, so we always make sure everybody is included in everything,” he told CBC News. For senior prom, students in grade six through twelve were invited, and the teen says that the entire school will attend his graduation.
Now as for who will be named top of the class and given the honor of delivering a speech to fellow classmates, Macgillivary said, “I’m the only grade 12 student. They kind of have to give it to me.”