As a rite of passage, thirteen seniors at Elgin High School ended one phase of their live and began a new one Saturday.
Commencement exercises were held Saturday evening as the senior class accepted diplomas and took their first steps as alumni.
The gymnasium was nearly full of faculty, school board members, family and friends to witness the event which took slightly less than one hour to complete.
Before the diplomas were handed out, there were speeches.
First, salutatorian Angela Richart spoke of how coming to Elgin Public Schools six years ago was not a mistake. “There is no other school I’d rather be graduating from today…My classmates and I have been through a lot and we’ve all been looking forward to this day for a long time. We’ve made a lot of memories along the way. We will never forget the times we’ve had. And the moments we’ve shared,” she said.
After mentioning memories of each of her classmates and teachers, Miss Richart spoke of her late grandmother and how she inspired her to graduate from high school.
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