The 29 graduates of Stanfield’s Class of 2018 were ready to head out into the world, but not without some final words of wisdom from their peers and parents.
At Stanfield Secondary School’s graduation ceremony Saturday morning, students heard from Rev. John Hurty, who asked students to consider one question.
“What’s wrong with the world?” he asked.
Citing quotes from philosophers and leaders throughout history, he told students that the idea that something is wrong in the world only makes sense if there is a standard of rightness.
He told students that the problem, and solution, is with everyone.
“You might never be famous, but all of you will exercise influence,” he said. “I hope you will exercise that influence for good.”
Students also heard from valedictorian Caleb Walker, and salutatorian Lydia Hurty.
Walker asked students to keep their background in mind as they consider where they want to go.
“It’s only by learning from the past that we can hope to improve the future,” he said.
Students enjoyed a slideshow, featuring each graduate’s baby and senior photos. Each graduate was also given a rose, which they then presented to a family member or friend who had supported and encouraged them.
After receiving their diplomas, graduates filed out of the gym, where eager families and friends received them on the school’s front lawn.