Although the evening ceremony missed the hottest part of the day, families still clamored to enter the
And even though some of the graduates continued to feel the heat inside
The importance of rules:
Girls in black heels and boys in black pants with black shoes were the official uniform of KHS grads, as set forth in a graduation guide distributed at school before the big day.
The guide warned students that if they didn't abide by the dress code and other rules, they would be removed from the ceremony.
The ceremony was guided by strict rules on behalf of the school and the
Enthusiastic families: Even with strict rules, some guests found their way around them.
Graduation rules from
Noisemakers, although specifically banned in the county's graduation notices, found their way into
But guests were respectful, quieting during the national anthem and Pledge of Allegiance. Their enthusiasm resurfaced immediately after though, cheering and congratulating their graduates.
And graduates were just as noisy, often being the first to begin the cheers and applause.
Honors: In their class of 338,
They also recognized 15 outstanding seniors for other achievements, including athletics.
A year for moving on: It was principal
Jernigan-Baker didn't make her own speech and nobody mentioned her impending departure.
Instead, the goodbyes were left to the student speakers.
A lesson in timing: Valedictorian Roslayn Hatlen and salutatorian
"Don't think of this as an end of your journey," Hatlen said. "Today is just the beginning."
Guo, however, made her classmates think about how they see time and what times they hold closest.
The past, she told her classmates, is not as fleeting as they might think.
"Nothing is really lost or forgotten," she said. She reminded them to let go of the past to make room for new experiences.
And class president
"Honor the past and embrace the future," Duncan said.
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