Here’s an especially vivid one: I sat with many in the then-new all-metal bleachers in our football stadium. Midway through, ominous clouds appeared in the distance accompanied by muffled thunder. As the skies grew ever more threatening, the recipient of the graduates’ outstanding teacher award gave her engaging acceptance remarks quickly while glancing warily over her shoulder at the menacing thunderclouds closing in. Then a nearby lightning burst and resounding thunderclap convinced all (especially us in the bleachers) that the time had come to beat a hasty retreat to the fieldhouse!
Substantially more profound observations, though, come from recalling how much our graduating seniors have accomplished in so many different ways. We have important measures of accomplishment in the scholarship, leadership, and character awards conferred at the academic awards ceremony, in the fine and performing arts awards similarly conferred (and in our high school’s brilliant production of Les Misérables and its delightful year-end Pops Concert), and in the athletic awards earned, including the state championships won this year by our girls’ field hockey and tennis teams and boys’ lacrosse team.