Without have to compete with neighboring Northumberland’s commencement exercises for the first time in many years, all eyes were on the 93 Lancaster High School seniors receiving diplomas from Assistant Principal Barbara Bohannan on Saturday, June 17.
Jahlil Nickens, son of Tekecia and Dwight Nickens Sr., addressed his peers in the valedictory speech. He plans to attend Virginia Commonwealth University in the fall.
Delivering the salutatory speech was senior class president Wyatt McCranie, son of Patrick and Shauna McCranie. He will attend Virginia Tech.
Craig Oren, the student-selected faculty speaker emphasized the importance of the four-letter word, “work.” Oren urged students to strive for excellence rather than becoming complacent with mediocrity.
Special ceremony moments included the senior class of 2017 donning black sun glasses while singing, “It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday” Boyz II Men; Ralph Waller reading an original poem entitled “Time to Shine” and the presenting of an honorary diploma to the parents of Trevor Austin Smith who tragically passed away last year.