The 119th commencenment program for Swanton High School was held Saturday in the gymnasium, with graduates told to remember the past. Jason Longbrake, a former history teacher, gave the keynote address.
“Never forget how hard you worked to get to today,” he said. “Never forget the sacrifices made by others to get you here today.”
Throughout the emotional speech, Longbrake asked the graduating seniors not to forget their time at Swanton and the people they have known along the way.
“You may not appreciate it at this moment, but you come from a caring, compassionate community,” he said.
Longbrake, who is leaving Swanton to become principal at Cory-Rawson High School, finished by congratulating the Class of 2015 and saying, “I love you guys and I promise I’ll never forget you.”
Senior class president Alaura Fetterman welcomed everyone to commencement, and Brandon Alvarez gave the valedictory address. He told classmates that money and power do not signify success, and thanked teachers at the conclusion of his speech.
Mikaela Kroyer gave the salutatory address, telling classmates to find the passion in their lives. That “is what is going to lead you through the rollercoaster of life.”
Also during the program, the senior chorus performed, “Good Riddance (Time of Your Life).” The Swanton Concert Band Senior Song, “With Quiet Courage” was also performed.
The class flower is the lily, and the class color is purple. The class motto is, “Do not follow where the path leads. Rather go where there is no path and leave a trail.”