The family and friends of the Sandwich High School Class of 2018 gathered in the school gymnasium on a sunny Sunday afternoon to watch class members receive their diplomas and begin the next phase of their lives.
Dressed in black and white caps and gowns, students filed into the gym in pairs, with female students holding orange flowers tied with black ribbons, and male students sporting matching orange boutonnieres.
Sandwich CUSD 430 Board President David Stahl, who spoke at the ceremony, said, “Today marks the end of an era. Years of books, plays, concerts, clubs, dances and athletics have all led to this gratifying moment. As you watch the last of your high school career fade away, and nervously await what new adventure tomorrow will bring, it’s important that you share a moment to reflect and appreciate your accomplishments.”
There were many calls for thanks from speakers, to those who helped graduates reach that moment on Sunday. Senior Class President Megan Schwartz instructed her classmates to think about those who were important to them, saying, “Seniors, I would like you to think about that one person who made you who you are today, and thank them later. Because life is crazy, and let’s be real – you’re always going to need them.”
During the ceremony, SHS also honored the memory of Bladimir Chavez with the presentation of a posthumous diploma. Chavez died unexpectedly in January at the age of 18. Several flower arrangements were also displayed on the graduation stage in Chavez’s memory.