More than 4,600 members of the Class of 2021 crossed the stage during graduation ceremonies held over four days at the Ford Center at The Star.
Frisco ISD was thrilled to join parents, family and friends in honoring graduates as they marked the end of their high school career. It was a joyous celebration of all that the students had accomplished, full of thank-yous for those who had helped guide them on their 13-year journey.
“None of us would be sitting here today without the endless support from teachers and staff at Centennial,” CHS Senior Class President Jillian Clack told her fellow graduates. “The passion with which they teach, the commitment to their students, their faith in our ability to make it today and the inspiration to learn far beyond high school.
“On behalf of my fellow classmates, I would like to express my deepest gratitude to the teachers, staff and administrators at Centennial. From completely changing your teaching styles to fit a Zoom call to simply insisting on routine mental health check-ins, those things mattered.”
The unexpected circumstances of the last 14 months – and the lessons graduates drew from those experiences – were a topic of many graduation speeches.
“If I had known what was coming, I would have been in the moment so much more. For simple things. For every little thing like being in the cafeteria eating lunch with my friends, my last band rehearsal or just walking through that crowded C hallway,” said Reedy High School salutatorian Shishir Nambi. “As life opens up, and we go on to do so much more and so many bigger things, I hope we all continue to make time for the little things.”
Graduates said they were inspired by the grit and resilience of the Class of 2021 and that the pandemic would help them rise to the challenges of the future.
“As we walk across the stage today and into that future, we can do so knowing that we are truly capable of overcoming any challenge that we face in life,” said Frisco High School valedictorian Bela Achaibar.
“We are people who are ready to find solutions to the problems created by generations before us, people who know how to adapt when those solutions have problems of their own and people who understand that life doesn’t always go the way that we expect but that there is beauty to be found in the spontaneity that that creates...People who have lived through something and people who can live through anything.”
Lone Star High School salutatorian Nihal Tangeda urged his classmates to embrace the unknown and make the most of every moment.
“The territory we’re about to enter is unfamiliar yet filled with so many exciting opportunities,” he said. “What we make of our future will be our reality. Yes, there will be unexpected challenges, but that is what makes life so interesting. It is these obstacles that trigger new ideas, send us on new adventures and influence us to develop as human beings.”
Frisco ISD extends an enthusiastic congratulations to the Class of 2021 and wishes graduates all the best as they pursue their goals and dreams.
Watch Graduation Online
Missed graduation or want to relive the moment? Ceremonies were streamed live online and are available to watch on demand. Access is free, but viewers must register with the NFHS Network. Visit friscoisd.org/graduation for campus-specific links to watch graduation.