Royal liftoff 2017: Rogers High School Class of 2017

Abbie Ellis celebrates a moment she’s waited her whole life for ... turning the tassel to indicate she has graduated.
A sea of blue mortarboards worn by the Rogers Class of 2017 colors the main floor where graduates await their big day.
Senior Colin Franz greets Principal Jason Paurus as he receives the diploma he’s waited so long for.
Senior Colin Franz greets Principal Jason Paurus as he receives the diploma he’s waited so long for.
Emma Nevratil reflects on her high school career, along with advice for the future.
Erik Fordahl A happy grad celebrates the 12 years of hard work in her hand. A group of Rogers seniors gathers one last time around the “famous rocks” in front of the high school.
A packed house crammed inside the Rogers High School gymnasium to send off the Class of 2017 Thursday, June 8. Here, the seniors let their mortarboards fly in recognition of their big moment. Juliana Kiesner Kyle Kornovich McKone Corkery Nate Cassidy seems plenty content as he gathers with friends just prior to being led inside for commencement.
Nick Camarote strides forward. Principal Jason Paurus closes with his favorite line, “It’s a Great Day to be a Royal.”
Sara Mills recalls the Class of 2017 “growing and becoming independent young adults.”
Senior choir members perform one last time shortly before the Class of 2017 completes commencement.
Superintendent Bruce Watkins
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A packed house crammed inside the Rogers High School gymnasium to send off the Class of 2017 Thursday, June 8. Here, the seniors let their mortarboards fly in recognition of their big moment.

Commencement Thursday, June 8, 2017

Photos by Mindy Mateuszczyk

It will be a day to remember for their the rest of their lives, Rogers High School Class of 2017 Commencement.

Student speaker Emma Nevratil said she likened life to popular cartoons such as Dora the Explorer and Dragon Tales. “Dora the Explorer had adventures and she always had the map. We too, each have our own unique map. Some might seem invisible but it’s ok. All of our journeys will have unforeseen detours and roadblocks. But we have a compass.”

Student speaker Sara Mills added, “We’ve spent the last four years growing and becoming independent young adults and now it’s time to move on.”

Principal Jason Paurus closed with his signature tagline just before the grads tossed their caps: “It’s a Great Day to be a Royal.”