That’s a wrap, Rockets

The Rockford High School commencement for the Class of 2017 was hosted in the Rockford Community Center on Saturday, June 3. Photos by Alaina Rooker.

With the familiar burst of tasseled caps into the air, Rockford’s 100th commencement ceremony comes to an end. The high school choir sings Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” and Green Day’s “Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)”. Here, choir director Brandy Gullickson invites/commands the seated grads to join the choristers for the final lines of “Good Riddance.” Class president Sarah Horn shares a quote said by none other than Kanye West: “I was never really good at anything except for the ability to learn.” She ends her speech with the urging of her fellow students to study in college, saying, “you wouldn’t want to let Kanye down, would you?” Rockford School Board Member Lia Hall sneaks a snapshot from her stage perspective. From left, Board members Ted Botten, Jessica Johnson, Lia Hall, and Amy Edwards, Superintendent Paul Durand, Director of Teaching and Learning Peter Grimm, and Principal Dr. Matthew Scheidler look on. From left, Nicole Lofstedt, Sam Larsen, Patrick Lake, Stephanie Stewart, and Mykenzi Lahti take a few final seconds to collect themselves before beginning their march to the high school band’s rendition of “Pomp and Circumstance.” Flag heralds Joe Seymour and Grace Rootness walk the center aisle after performing their duties.
Senior Brandon Cegon takes it all in before taking his seat, surveying a sea of families and residents packed into the RHS gym. Freshly robed and alphabetically ordered, soon-to-be Rockford graduates (from left) Abby Scribner, Hailee Secor, Rachel Selly, Max Skinner, Miranda Spangler, and Austin St. Aubin step into the sun for last Saturday’s commencement. In his opening remarks, Superintendent Paul Durand noted that this was the last class to be born in the 90s. “I think that shakes us all up a bit,” he joked.
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Freshly robed and alphabetically ordered, soon-to-be Rockford graduates (from left) Abby Scribner, Hailee Secor, Rachel Selly, Max Skinner, Miranda Spangler, and Austin St. Aubin step into the sun for last Saturday’s commencement. In his opening remarks, Superintendent Paul Durand noted that this was the last class to be born in the 90s. “I think that shakes us all up a bit,” he joked.