Gobles High School seniors from the Class of 2017 walked across the stage to shake hands with Superintendent of Schools, Mr. Jeffrey Rehlander, and Gobles High School Principal, Mr. Phil McAndrew, and receive their hard-earned diplomas.
The Gobles Middle/High School Band played the processional march as the graduates paraded into the gymnasium. After a few words of welcome and congratulations from Principal McAndrew, the commencement addresses were delivered by graduating seniors Emma Harbaugh, and Anne Huston.
During a speech that highlighted the 1920s literary classic, The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, Harbaugh advised her fellow seniors to remain steadfast and true in the pursuit of their post high school dreams.
“My hope for you, Class of 2017, is that while chasing your own green light, you always remember where you came from,” said Harbaugh. “Use your time wisely. Don’t be afraid of love, but don’t sell yourself short in the process.”
Huston delivered remarks to her fellow classmates to the theme of time, and new opportunities. The senior surprised her fellow graduates with a gift taped to the bottom of their chairs – a small hour glass, to serve as a reminder to her classmates to use their time wisely.
The graduating senior also spoke on the wisdom of the Latin phrase ‘tabula rasa,’ which means blanks slate. “We can become the people we’ve always wanted to be. And I hope you do,” said Huston.
After the commencement addresses, senior members of the band were invited to play a final piece with their peers before graduating, “Into the Storm” by Robert W. Smith.
This year, Gobles High School recognized three co-valedictorians, Johnathan Doman, Anne Huston, and Madison Marsh, as well as two co-salutatorians, Jacob Bolhuis, and Alexandra Paladi.
Senior Class President, Emma Harbaugh, and Senior Class Vice President, Collin Goldsberry, honored three individuals who have made a positive impact in the lives and education of the Class of 2017. Mrs. Kelly Lyons, Mrs. Veronica Peterson, and Ms. Sue Boyer were presented with plaques of appreciation from the graduating class.
While delivering the farewell address to his fellow graduates, Collin Goldsberry spoke about the graduating class’s potential for greatness. Goldsberry shared the encouraging words of his mother, and Gobles Elementary teacher, Mrs. Karen Ryder, “I don’t care what you do, just be the best at it.”
Goldsberry also reflected on the fact that he would be the last person to officially address the Class of 2017, so he chose to share the wise words of Walt Whitman’s Song of the Open Road, “Afoot and light-hearted, I take to the open road; Healthy, free, the world before me; The long brown path before me, leading wherever I choose.”
Congratulations, Class of 2017!
Check out photos from the Class of 2017's Commencement Ceremony on the Gobles Public School's Facebook page.