For students, families and educators, graduation is a time of celebration and reflection – an opportunity to look back at the last 13 years and ahead to the future.
Frisco ISD was honored to present diplomas to more than 3,700 graduates during commencement ceremonies June 1-2 at Dr Pepper Arena and the Ford Center.
Eight high schools had graduating classes, including Reedy, which hosted its first-ever graduation ceremony.
“It is definitely special,” Reedy graduate Cameron Crane said minutes before he crossed the stage. “I think we leave behind a solid foundation in tradition and spirit.”
Each ceremony featured student speakers who addressed their classmates and family and friends in attendance.
“Every parent, every student and every faculty member here today all have our own stories to share, our own triumphs, our own weaknesses, our own cultures, our own opinions and our own dreams,” said Liberty High School valedictorian Ally Wong, embracing the diversity of the audience. “But we all are united here as Redhawks.”
Student speakers took the opportunity to thank their teachers, administrators and other school staff for their guidance and support.
“Thank you for empowering us as students and leaders and for preparing us to dive into the world head first,” said Independence High School valedictorian Satya Boddu.
Graduates also credited the many academic and extracurricular opportunities offered in Frisco ISD for helping them determine their future plans.
Reedy valedictorian Shawn Khetarpal said success is defined in many ways, whether you are an academic, athlete or artist.
“We are all geniuses, winners and number 1s,” he told his fellow graduates. “We must recognize our strengths and weaknesses and strive to perform our best. If we are dedicated and passionate, we will inevitably transcend obstacles and attain long-term success.”
Melic Belong, the senior class president at Frisco High School, challenged the Class of 2018 to make the world a better place.
“As I look out upon all of you today, I see lawyers, doctors, engineers, artists and teachers,” he said. “I see future CEOs and presidents. I see innovators, drivers of industry, creators of change. I see leaders. I firmly believe not only in our ability to envision change but to enact it.
“As you go out into the world, I urge you to lead. I urge you to lead a life dedicated to furthering the lives of those not yet living. I urge you to lead a life worthy of the sacrifices made by those who have lived.”
Frisco ISD congratulates the Class of 2018 and wishes graduates the best of luck in their future endeavors.
Watch the Ceremonies Online
Miss graduation or want to relive the moment? You can access Frisco ISD graduation ceremonies on-demand for free online. Just follow the links below: