After the processional of the graduates and the playing of the Star Spangled Banner, senior members of the Band were invited to play a final piece with their peers before graduating, “Second Suite in F” by Gustov Holst.
Gobles Middle/High School Principal Phillip McAndrew then inducted Dr. Cal Flegel into the Gobles Academic Hall of Fame during the graduation ceremony. A Michigan State alumnus, Flegel earned his bachelor’s degree in 1958, master’s degree in 1962 and doctoral degree in 1965.
In her commencement address, Haley Windell advised her fellow seniors, “Don’t waste your life wondering what you can do. Just do it.”
Cassidy Richards also spoke to her fellow graduates during the ceremony in a cleverly rhymed, Dr. Seuss-themed speech.
Ellen Doyle and McKenzie Winne honored Theresa Martin, Loriann Harbaugh, Gala Rock, Bonnie Gildea and Jodi Winne on behalf of the senior class for their consistent and unrelenting support throughout their Gobles academic careers.
Gobles High School was also fortunate enough to host Deana Weaver, a former student of Gobles who participated in the graduation ceremony. Weaver began school with the Gobles Class of 2016, before transferring to the Van Buren Intermediate School District.
Gobles seniors were excited to celebrate this accomplishment with their former classmate and friend.
Graduating senior Ellen Doyle again took the stage to deliver the Farewell Address to her fellow graduates, “While talent only gets you so far, hard work and dedication is what sets our class apart,” said Doyle. “Class of 2016, you’re all destined for greatness.”
Gobles also recognized its three co-valedictorians, Emily Bolhuis, Nicholas Fenton and McKenzie Winne, as well as a salutatorian, Cameren Davis.
The students recessed to the sounds of their class song, Green Day’s “Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)” under a falling canopy of blue, orange and white balloons.
Dr. Seuss offered sound advice as the voice of the 2016 class motto, “Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter don’t mind.”
Congratulations to the Class of 2016.