CHS class of 2017 holds commencement ceremony

Wednesday, May 17, 2017
Bob Stewart/The Concordian

Members of the Concordia High School class of 2017 gathered in the CHS gymnasium with family, friends, faculty, school administrators and school board members to celebrate the end of their public school careers during a commencement ceremony held Friday, May 12. But what some see as an ending is really just the next step in their journey.

Following the usual entrance to “Pomp and Circumstance,” class salutatorian Laura Edwards welcomed everyone to the celebration. After a performance of “We Can Dream” by the Concordia High School Choir, Class Vice President Jessica Hemme and Class Secretary Raelyn Caldwell delivered the senior address. The joint speech provided a walk down memory lane filled with memories of adventures, good times, rough times and friendships built that will be remembered throughout the lifetimes of the graduates.

A rousing rendition of “Sweet Caroline” by the band led into the announcement of scholarships, presented by guidance counselor Leslie Bayse. Bayse then relinquished the podium to School Board Vice President Rob Hemme, who presented the graduates with their diplomas.

Graduates then distributed roses to friends and family members before class valedictorian and president Tate Bittiker, on behalf of the 38 seniors, bid everyone a heartfelt farewell.

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