This week, the Board of School Commissioners and I had the opportunity to congratulate and send off the Richland One graduating Class of 2017! The commencement exercises were great, and we all stood very tall shaking graduates’ hands as they came across the stage. The “Pomp and Circumstance” is well-deserved. It is always heartwarming to see students and families proud of their moment of accomplishment and recognition.
Not only have our graduates persevered, we also know that many other individuals share in meeting this goal. Hat’s off to our teachers (pre-K through 12th grade), administrators and support staff, as well as our parents, guardians, family members and community supporters. Student speakers at the graduation ceremonies also mentioned the support of fellow students and siblings who played a role in their success as well. In essence, we all made a difference and have a role to play in the successes of our students – setting the stage for the next phase of our students’ lives.
We are proud of our graduates for reaching this milestone. Moreover, we are proud to have played a positive role in your journey. Congrats and much success to the Class of 2017!