At noon of the 26 May 2017, Klaipėda streets were adorned by the graduates’ parade which filled the city streets – in this way pupils announced to the residents about the Last Bell celebration. This year 2138 graduates finish secondary schools of the seaport, which is 113 more than last year. Mayor Vytautas Grubliauskas traditionally invites graduating students from the local schools to the celebration in the courtyard of the Clock Museum.
“I wish you go down the chosen path boldly, no matter how difficult and winding it might be. I believe that you will never forget your hometown and be assured that the city will not forget you because all the hope and faith for the future of this town lies upon on you. I wish that the glow in your eyes that I see today and your faith in the future will lead you throughout your life. Remain patriots, friends and fans of your town forever. Good luck on your chosen course, remain on it boldly without deviating. The most important it is to know that you are going down your path and you are fulfilling your dreams. Klaipėda believes in you, Klaipėda loves you and will always look forward for you coming back,” said V. Grubliauskas congratulating the graduates.
All the graduates speaking on behalf of the pupils said that they feel needed and appreciated in their city.
“We all started here, in Klaipėda. No other town in Lithuania has such a distinctive, maritime and free spiritual atmosphere that we have. In our hometown we feel needed, free and appreciated. Although after final exams we will scatter all around Lithuania and the world, we will always wish to come back to our town of freedom and youth,” graduates said.
This year 1336 graduates finished Klaipėda municipality schools, 73 – state schools, 700 – professional schools and 29 – non-governmental schools.