St. Jude celebrates kindergarten graduates

Photography by Peter Barta and Seth Dixon

Accompanied by the symphonic sounds of “Pomp and Circumstance” and the proud smiles of family members, patients marched down the aisle of the St. Jude Auditorium to commence the hospital’s annual kindergarten graduation.

The event honors patients who completed kindergarten during the preceding year. Teachers from the St. Jude School Program Presented by Target organized the graduation, with 11 young patients donning caps and gowns.

The patients were recognized during the May 16 ceremony, which included a presentation of certificates, a class of 2013 slideshow, musical presentation and graduation-themed refreshments that featured a cake in the shape of a school bus.

The special celebration helps bring some normalcy to the patients’ lives by allowing the children to experience a milestone event like they would have in their hometowns.