Southland celebrates commencements on field

By Melissa McCaghren

Slatonite GM

It may not have been as envisioned, but they still got to toss their mortarboards in the air at home.

For a few, twice.

Southland High School’s eight seniors graduated Friday evening (June 5) during commencement ceremonies at the football field.

Each senior was allowed to have two guests sit with them on the field while other family could sit in the stands.

Other guests stood along the railing around the field to watch the commencements.

Principal Gregg Johnson said that the graduation was decided upon by the seniors to have it at home instead of another location.

He also wished his seniors the best in all they do. “Push forward, and remember who you are,” he said as he congratulated them on their accomplishments.

Valedictorian Nayeli Perez thanked family, friends and teachers for all their help the past 13 years. “Without the support of our family and friends, none of us would’ve come this far,” she said.

“Today’s a turning point in each of our lives. We have spent the past few years eagerly waiting for this day to be here, but now that this day has arrived, it could not be more surreal. Together we have laughed, learned, disagreed and loved one another. Most of all we have grown together and for that I will cherish those moments with you all. You are my family.”

She said that while they were reflecting on the past 13 years – albeit with a shortened senior year due to COVID-19 closing schools in March, they should look toward the future.”

For more information, please read the Thursday edition of The Slatonite.

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