The weather was on the side of the Class of 2014. Months ago, Philipsburg-Osceola’s senior class lobbied hard for graduation to be held outside, on the green grass of Memorial Field, with plenty of room for parents, family and friends to look on and celebrate the culmination of 13 years of lunchboxes, spelling lists, math tests and homework, homework, homework. Mother Nature cooperated, and commencement was perfect.
“America, she needs us. ... I believe every person has the potential to do great things.”
Runner-up Sarah Anne Chorle told the class that their diplomas were keys to the future, different for each of them.
“Find your key. Find your door,” she said.
Classical singer Natalie Magee Conte ended things with the dramatic, operatic “Time to Say Goodbye,” made famous by Andrea Bocelli and Sarah Brightman, a final farewell to her school and her classmates.
Principal Robin Stewart acknowledged, “I don’t see this becoming a traditional recessional, so I wish you all safe travels home.”