On Friday, May 25 all 184 Virgin Valley High School Graduands walked into their brand new high school gymnasium to say their final good-byes to teachers, staff, friends and high school days. the class of 2018 is the first class to graduate in the new gymnasium; prior graduation ceremonies were held on the football field.
Commencement ceremonies began with the traditional processional ‘Pomp and Circumstance’ played by the VVHS band led by Kendra Graf. After graduates had filed in they stood for the Pledge of Allegiance and the national anthem sung by the Virgin Valley High School Show Choir.
Principal Cliff Hughes presented a warm welcome to family, friends and school board members who attended the ceremony and gave special thanks to Virgin Valley Board of Trustee representative Chris Garvey who fought valiantly for the new gymnasium.
“This gym has been in the workings for years,” said Cliff Hughes, VVHS principal in a prior interview during the gym’s groundbreaking ceremony. “We were promised a new gymnasium in 1998 at graduation, but today we have been pushing and working towards our goals and it has finally arrived.”
After a long 10 years, the class of 2018 was able to hold their graduation ceremony indoors but Principal Hughes mentioned that they might have to rethink that position next year.
There was “standing room only” for the ceremony as people crowded into the packed gymnasium but that didn’t deter anyone from enjoying the moment.
There seemed an endless line of adorned robes as they entered the stage Graduands and in a simple gesture of crossing with diploma in hand they left the stage a young Graduate while reflecting on the hard work it took to get there; it was an exciting but bittersweet ceremony for most of the graduates and their family members.
The majority of the class of 2018 will leave behind the blazing western sunsets of the desert to seek knowledge and life experience in places like the great white north of Salt Lake City. Some will venture further from home to places unknown and some will stay right here close to home. Most of the graduates will take the summer off from studies before venturing to their choices of higher education.
Students waited patiently for the moment Senior Class President, Mercedes Murguia, led them in the turning of the tassels; the final move that officially made them High School Graduates.
With diplomas in hand students left the new gym that night with the proof of their life long accomplishments and an almost palpable excitement about pursuing their dreams that are yet to come true.