Old friends, new beginnings

Tuesday, May 17, 2005
Graduates and the crowd have mixed reactions -- some wipe away tears, others laugh at the memory of a special moment -- during a video presentation featuring photos from each student's past.

Nevada Daily Mail

Four students graduated from Calvary Christian School, formally putting an end to their days as high school students and marking the beginning of their futures as adults.

In a ceremony that began at 2 p.m., Saturday, May 14, speeches warned of pitfalls of the future and offered advice to the future. The commencement address revolved around keeping God the center of their lives and the center of their decisions in the future as their education now continues, on the job, at college or through a trade school -- wherever their individual paths lead them.

Students were encouraged to plan carefully for and in the future.

After the commencement address, students and the audience watched with a broad array of emotions as video presentations featured photos taken at special moments in each student's childhood. The crowd reacted alternately with tears and laughter as the photos displayed the many sides of each student's personality and brought back fond memories of the distant and not-so-distant past.

The video presentation ended with recent photos of the students together.

Afterwards, the students were each given their diplomas, and formally presented to the crowd as this year's graduates.

After a solemn processional, the room quietly paused, but just outside the door, graduates celebrated with shouts of joy.

A reception followed in the church basement.

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