BHS grads told ‘The future is here’
As the songs "Shenandoah" and "Pomp and Circumstance" played, the Baldwin High School graduating class of 2006 walked its way around the top of the Baldwin Junior High School gymnasium and down into their seats, forming rows of purple and white.
That is what all 95 graduating seniors have all worked toward for years and the day finally came on Saturday.
"It felt weird because usually you just sit around, but this time it's actually you in the cap and gown" graduate Charley Jo Schwartz said.
After the processional, graduate Rose Garrison spoke to the senior class, stressing "the power of one." Garrison ended her speech with these words of wisdom to her fellow classmates.
"My friends, class of 2006, it is my dearest prayer that we all must manifest the power of one," Garrison said.
Following Garrison was the presentation of the class gift, which was presented by graduates Spencer Wilson and Jessica Hill.
The class of 2006 donated a large neon sign in the shape of a Bulldog head for the gymnasium. The gift was already in place for the graduation ceremony, so all could enjoy it.
Graduate Lynne Lammers spoke next, about holding on to memories you have from your past and offered good advice to her classmates.
"Hold onto the memories you had in the sandbox, so many years ago," Lammers said. "Stay involved with what matters to you."
The guest speaker this year was Shelly Wakeman, a1984 BHS graduate. Wakeman continued in her education to become a lawyer. She left the senior class with much good advice.
"This day has finally come," Wakeman said. "The future is here."
Wakeman also spoke of having good character in the big world. She discussed that it is not always just what you go on and do after high school, but who you become.
"So they (parents) would always say, what do you want to be when you grow up?" Wakeman said. "I'll suggest that you've been asked the wrong question. It's not what you want to be when you grow up, but who you want to be when you grow up."
Directly following Wakeman's speech, Supt. James White gave his remarks in his final BHS commencement, as he retires in July.
Shortly following the remarks was the presentation of the diplomas.
The class of 2006 then marched its way out of the gym with a new BHS diploma and a sense of accomplishment and excitement.
"I think I speak for everyone in this gym when I say we are proud of you and have faith in your future," Wakeman said.