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The class of 2018 graduated from Oswego High School on Saturday, May 19, with hundreds of family members filling the Northern Illinois University Convention Center to watch the students walk across the stage to receive their diplomas.
“Here we are at our high school graduation – it feels so surreal,” class president Paige Neal said. “This monumental event marks the end of our high school careers, and the beginning of our transition into adulthood. ... All our experiences shaped who we are, and who we are collectively will determine our world’s future.”
“Today marks yet another milestone in your lives. Soon, we will embark on a new journey that will take us in different directions,” vice president of public relations Hailey Torres-Turnage said. “Although our paths differ, we will have footsteps we can follow.”
Graduating members of the school’s wind symphony and a capella choir performed with their classmates for the last time during the ceremony, as they and dozens of students were recognized for their academic achievements over the past four years. Nearly 20 different types of academic regalia and honor cords were worn by students during the ceremony, from organizations like the National Honor Society, National Honor Society of Sports Medicine, the top 10 percent of the class, and the district’s AVID program.
The program for the commencement ceremony featured special mentions for former students Tiffany and Brittany Coffland, who were killed in 2017, and Eric Lederman, who died unexpectedly in 2012.