With pandemic guidelines lifted across the state, there was a sense of normalcy at this year’s Clinton Central School graduation.
Still, the 90th commencement ceremony was held at Hamilton College Saturday rather than the school’s Performing Arts Complex.
The Class of 2021 kicked off the graduation with a processional and singing of the National Anthem.
High School Principal Dr. Matthew Lee welcomed students and families.
Covid-19 was a common theme among speakers during the ceremony.
Lee said it wasn’t until last month that there “may be a glimmer of hope for graduation.” Students were allowed to have six guests attend the ceremony.
After congratulatory remarks from Mary Lou Lauchert, president of the Board of Education, Lee introduced the salutatorian, Mallory Wickline.
Lee said Wickline was vice president of Model U.N. and very involved in environmental issues. She plans to attend college for meteorology in the fall, with hopes of possibly working for NASA.
Wickline started her speech with a thank you and continued her address with a message of integrity.
She said that because of the pandemic, the Class of 2021 can take every step forward “with extreme pride.” She encouraged classmates to behave in “a way you can be proud of” in the future. “Congratulations, graduates. Our journey is just beginning,” she concluded.
English teacher Wendy Colburn was the recipient of this year’s class gift. It was announced at the ceremony that Colburn was diagnosed…