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A Bittersweet Farewell to Students

By Nadia Jackson

As the school year comes to a close, District 60 faculty and students have tried their best to honor and reflect upon the many lasts of the season and upcoming firsts on the horizon.

Under these unique circumstances, commencement ceremonies have been forced to be re-imagined in a way that safely honors the hard work that each graduate has put worth in order to reach this important milestone in their life.

Wednesday marked the beginning of the commencement ceremonies, starting as per tradition, with the Academic Excellence Ceremony.

This ceremony recognized graduating seniors who have achieved a grade point average of 4.0 or above. Additionally, it awarded the Lamp of Knowledge to Centennial and recognized extraordinary excellence in character, service, leadership, and academic excellence in students.

Graduates from Centennial will be recognized Friday through a broadcast virtual graduation ceremony.

Teachers, administration, fellow students, and the community as a whole have tried to honor the impact that they know the class of 2020 will make. As graduates, a world of opportunity and change is opened up to these scholars.

Centennial will continue to honor the unique excellence within the graduating class, long after they are gone, for the impact students have made at Centennial is just the beginning of the change they will create within their future careers, and the community as a whole.

As class of 2020 closes their chapter at Centennial, they are encouraged to reflect upon the changes that they have undergone personally and professionally, but should always remember, “Once a Bulldog, always a Bulldog.”

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