Mostly sunny skies. Warm temperatures. Laughs. Tears. And emotional goodbyes.
The last day at couldn't have been scripted any better for the faculty and parents of the 371 seniors who received their diplomas Sunday afternoon.
Those in attendance were greeted to live music, inspirational speeches and a few jokes by the Class of 2011.
Among those honored with awards were:
- Molly Roach — the Frank Heys Memorial Award, given to the student who best exemplified genuine intellectual curiosity and accomplishment, dedication to the fine and applied arts, and a caring belief in people.
- Henry Frost — The Faculty Plaque, given to the student who best exemplified the qualities of scholarship, character, and service that are representative of the standards of the Regional High School.
Sarah Feldman gave the first commencement address, explaining how she can confidently say she had "the perfect high school experience" and advised the Class of 2001 to "stay classy."
Eric Steinbrook gave the second commencement address and got a few laughs by jokingly starting with a fake speech by Superintendent/Principal Scott Carpenter.
Lawrence Stevenson gave the last address, explaining his trials and tribulations from being a teary "young black boy" who yearned for self confidence, to now being two months away from attending the college of his dreams, University of Maryland College Park.
There were also artistic interludes by Hannah Shealy, Brian Pollock, Garrett Dunne, Ethan Holbrook, Connor Keane and Martin Quinn.
Couldn't make the graduation ceremonies at on Sunday?
Don't worry. Check out the video above for highlights of the special day.
We also have a pdf of the graduation script, provided by Superintendent/Principal Scott Carpenter.