Seniors, family, and friends came together on the Roosevelt Field to celebrate the graduation of the Class of 2015 on Wednesday, June 10.
The ceremony began at 5 pm as seniors filed onto the field in pairs and the SPHS band played ‘Pomp and Circumstance.’ Shortly after graduates had taken their seats, seniors Tru Pierone and Julia Primuth sang the National Anthem.
Senior class president Timothy Wong welcomed the crowd and introduced the first speaker, senior Angelena Gavenas. Her speech, “Human Goodness,” focused on the reality that each person plays an active role in changing society as a whole. After Gavenas, senior Alexis Scholtz highlighted that “all the little things count” in her speech “Little Moments.”
“It was pretty amazing speaking to that many people,” Scholtz said. “It’s kind of bittersweet but it’s a great feeling to finally walk across that stage.”
Once the speeches concluded, senior class secretary Katherine Uriarte introduced the various distinguished guests, then invited Principal Janet Anderson to present the class.
After the distribution of diplomas, Shinno revealed the senior gift, the complete renovation of the Tiger Patio.
The ceremony concluded with senior class vice president James Tom delivering the farewell speech and the band’s final performance of the Alma Mater for the 2014-2015 school year.
“The ceremony was well-run, short and sweet. The speeches were meaningful and the moment felt right,” graduating senior Alec English said. “Because of the clear gravity of the situation, it really felt like we had accomplished the largest feat of our lives thus far when it was over.”
Photos by Matt Scholtz