“I was shy, and I did not know who I was,” remembers 2019 Reitz grad Tory Higgs.
It’s true, the young adult walking across the stage to receive their diplomas are different people than the freshmen they were four years ago.
“I’m so stoked, you know? It’s been a long ride and I’m just happy I’m here now!” said 2019 Bosse grad Javen Layne.
“I’ve made a lot of friends and met a lot of people along the way who have really helped me become who I am,” Higgs says of who she has become.
Students like Alexa Wheeler and Andre Hicks put in some extra hard work.
“Ivy certificate….National Honors Society … magnum cum laude…”
But everyone worked hard, and waited twelve years for this day.
“It’s just… wow. I can not explain it. It’s just…. the world is finally here,” said Reitz grad Hunter Frankenberger.
Wendesday, they celebrated all their worked has earned, and also remembered those they lost along the way.
So what is next for the class of 2019?
“I plan on going to Vincennes this fall for diesel maintence and technology,” said Reitz grad Jarrett Naas.
“I will be attending University of Evansville, I got directly into the nursing program,” said Wheeler. Her classmate, Andre Hicks, will also be heading into the medical field.
“I will be attending University of Southern Indiana,then I will be going into med school after that.”
Hunter Frankenberger says he knows exactly what he wants to do.
“I plan on going to Vincennes University and becoming a physical therapy assistant, actually.”
“I will be attending Murray University to continue my football and academic career,” said Bosse grad Jayven Layne.
Speakers encouraged grads to keep moving forward, but remember where they came from.
“We need to stick together no matter what.”
“Trying to get into the world and not seeing each other every day. It’s going to be hard.”
“We’ve made it this far and we can continue doing big things.”
“Keep pushing. If you keep pushing you can get anything done. Hard work and dedication beats anyone that is just talented.”
And despite the applause, the awards and celebration, there is one final reward for the Class of 2019.
“I ain’t got to wake up at 7 o’clock in the morning no more — this feels great!”