Graduation 2018

by Peter J. Teagle - Posted on Jun 13, 2018 - 03:46 PM

Photo: A group of students posed for a photo while waiting in the wings of William and Mary Hall for commencement to begin. They are, left: Tanner Johnson, Molly Glock, Tariq Gregory, Hunter Green, Alex Giddings, Mary Green (front right) and Caylin Given (front far right). Photo by Peter J. Teagle

A group of students posed for a photo while waiting in the wings of William and Mary Hall for commencement to begin. They are, left: Tanner Johnson, Molly Glock, Tariq Gregory, Hunter Green, Alex Giddings, Mary Green (front right) and Caylin Given (front far right). Photo by Peter J. Teagle

Photo: Students gathered in the corridors of William and Mary Hall and were organized alphabetically before the ceremony.  Carlos Morales (center) was one of the teachers tasked with marshalling the students. Photo by Peter J. Teagle

Students gathered in the corridors of William and Mary Hall and were organized alphabetically before the ceremony. Carlos Morales (center) was one of the teachers tasked with marshalling the students. Photo by Peter J. Teagle

Photo: GHS valedictoran Jeffrey Cho. Photo by Peter J. Teagle

GHS valedictoran Jeffrey Cho. Photo by Peter J. Teagle

Photo: Kamryn Cooper, right, passes the senior class insignia to Vivian Eccleston, who was representing the rising seniors of the Class of 2019. Photo by Peter J. Teagle

Kamryn Cooper, right, passes the senior class insignia to Vivian Eccleston, who was representing the rising seniors of the Class of 2019. Photo by Peter J. Teagle

Photo: Carter Miller, left, and Conner Mahoney paused for a photo during the pre-commencement preparations on Saturday. Photo by Peter J. Teagle

Carter Miller, left, and Conner Mahoney paused for a photo during the pre-commencement preparations on Saturday. Photo by Peter J. Teagle

Photo: Duke of the Year Eleni Georgiou delivered her remarks early in Saturday’s program. She spoke of the importance of grit and drew from her own experiences battling a learning disability, depression, and anxiety to highlight the importance of remaining committed to overcoming obstacles. Photo by Peter J. Teagle

Duke of the Year Eleni Georgiou delivered her remarks early in Saturday’s program. She spoke of the importance of grit and drew from her own experiences battling a learning disability, depression, and anxiety to highlight the importance of remaining committed to overcoming obstacles. Photo by Peter J. Teagle

Students, their families and teachers made the trip to Williamsburg on Saturday morning for Gloucester High School’s 65th commencement ceremony.

William and Mary Hall was filled to roughly half capacity for the event, which saw 401 Dukes receive their diplomas.

The candidates for graduation arrived before the 10 a.m. start time and were marshalled into groups prior to entry by teachers and staff.

The Gloucester High School Symphonic Band played the processional, as the Dukes were greeted by applause and shouts before their last act as students of Gloucester High School.

Following the pledge of allegiance, national anthem and alma mater, principal Craig Reed gave welcoming remarks. 

“I am confident this senior class will make their parents, school and community proud,” Reed stated, thanking the senior class for welcoming him to the school in his first year.

Highlighting the class’s achievements, Reed spoke positively of seniors who led the football team to a playoff berth and the field hockey team to a championship game appearance. Reed also mentioned pride in GHS band members being selected for the Virginia Honor Band.

Following Reed, Duke of the Year Eleni Georgiou offered remarks. Georgiou’s speech focused on the importance of grit, using her own experiences navigating a learning disability, depression and anxiety as examples.

Kamryn Cooper then passed the senior class insignia, a large gavel, to the upcoming senior class, who was represented by Vivian Eccleston.

Reed followed by officially recognizing honor graduates.

Next in the proceedings were remarks by the salutatorian and valedictorian. Salutatorian Hannah Brown spoke first, reminding her classmates that “dedication and passion will get you anywhere.”

Valedictorian Jeffrey Cho reminded students of the help they have all received in getting to where they are. “It was not my talents, work ethic or that beautiful thing they call luck,” Cho said of his achievements, citing love and the support that comes with it as the biggest driver of success.

School superintendent Walter Clemons followed Cho, adding “It is an honor and privilege to stand before you.” Echoing Cho’s remarks, Clemons stated “We’re not all here this morning because of something we’ve done on our own” before recognizing the role of parents, family, teachers and staff in shaping young students.

Clemons issued a challenge to the class of 2018, saying “I challenge you to make the world a better place.”

Following Reed’s certification of the graduates, Anita Parker conferred diplomas to the class of 2018 with the help of Reed and Director of Counseling Matthew Lord.

After names were called and graduates processed across the stage, the class of 2018 was presented to those in attendance and met with a standing ovation.