The 2018 Class of Northumberland High School held its commencement ceremonies on Saturday, June 8, to a standing room only crowd in the amphitheater of Northumberland High School.
The 103 graduates gathered on the stage with caps and gowns to receive their diplomas. The activities began with the JROTC Cadets presenting the colors while everyone participated In the Pledge of Allegiance and the National Anthem.
Student Council Association President, Lizzie Swann gave the welcoming address and introduced Principal Travis Burns.
Burns praised the Class of 2018 by stating that of the 103 graduates, 20 percent graduated with a grade point average of 4.0 or higher, and 50 percent with a 3.0 grade point average or higher. Burns continued the praise by stating that 41 of the graduates will attend a four-year college starting in the fall and that 31 will attend a two-year college and 13 are joining the armed forces.
Lauren Suchan gave the class of 2018 President Address followed by salutatory remarks by Khadijah Bea.
Abigail Kiss gave valedictory remarks before Dr. Burns presented scholarships.
Class President, Lauren Suchan, introduced guest speaker Robert Bailey. The NHS Choir graduating seniors followed Mr. Bailey with the Alma Mater performance. Assistant Principal, Wanda Henderson, handed out the diplomas to the graduates. Mrs. Betty Christopher declared the certification of graduates and Superintendent Dr. Holly Wargo did the conferring of the diplomas. Dr. Travis Burns gave the closing of the festivities with his presentation of the Class of 2018.
Dr. Burns encouraged all of the graduating class to chart a course that will make a difference, seek out opportunities for personal and professional growth and find a career that they will enjoy and to volunteer their time and efforts to a worthy cause.