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Fridley High School held its 61st Commencement Ceremony on May 30, 2019 at the Roy Wilkins Auditorium. A total of 234 students took their final steps as high school seniors across the stage before receiving their diplomas and becoming alumni.
Over 80 seniors graduated with honors, while four students graduated with Associate of Arts Degrees through the high school’s Post-Secondary Enrollment program. In addition, 15 students completed all requirements of the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme (DP), earning official designations as “IB DP Candidates” and are eligible to earn the internationally-recognized diploma. Through the high school’s IB Career-related Programme (CP), four students completed the requirements of the IB CP. These students took part in the rigorous academics of DP and focused their learning specific to their career fields. They explored skills for success in the workplace, studied an additional language and completed community service requirements.
The Fridley High School Concert Band welcomed guests performed Pomp and Circumstance as the graduating seniors marched into the venue. Seniors Gao-je Vang and Lucy Kuempel served as student emcees for the ceremony, while additional student speakers included Nadia Hawkins, who gave the welcoming address, and Johannah Barrett, who gave the student address.
Dean of Students Carrie Wrona gave the faculty address, encouraging students to “keep going,” a phrase that her grandfather would always tell her after each of her educational milestones.
“Continue to learn; keep pushing yourselves, even through difficult times; discover your passions and have fun,” said Wrona. “Believe in yourself and find a way to make a difference.”
Superintendent Dr. Kim Hiel addressed the class, encouraging them to continue to bring their confidence, empowerment and passion onward into their future endeavors.
“Over the year, I have seen the strength, the individuality, and the student empowerment that our seniors have,” said Dr. Hiel. “Take with you your passion to want things different, and taking action to dare to make changes. Passion to persist through trials and obstacles that will come your way, and passion to live your life, and to not ever let anyone set limits on you.”
Along with the Concert Band, the Fridley High School Concert Choir, featuring graduating senior Kathrine Kruc on piano, also performed at the ceremony.
Congratulations, Class of 2019! Click to view the full photo album