Graduate Jacqueline Gunn noted that high school itself was a time of enormous change -- physically, emotionally and intellectually.
"Each of us here has changed a life for the better," said Gunn. "And without those certain teachers in our lives, we may never have made it here today."
Graduation is also a time for remembrance, a time for graduates to reflect the impact they made on their school and community.
In his remarks, Mohonasen Principal Patrick McGrath said he was reminded of the essence of a high school career while inspecting empty lockers in the high school halls last week.
"At the bottom of one locker, written in scratchy black ink was one phrase " 'I was here,'" said McGrath. "Doesn't that sum it all up?"
McGrath said that a diploma is only the affirmation of that simple declaration.
"Through hard work and discipline, you're saying 'I was here,'" said McGrath. "Get out there and make that same statement in your life.""