IMPERIAL â€“ The Class of 2016 Imperial Tigers gathered on the football field Friday, June 10 for an evening of remembrance and anticipationÂ of the future. Â The largeÂ gathering of seniors was escorted in by parents and loved ones, whereÂ Mr. Gibbs led in the National Anthem to begin the commencement,Â setting the mood as he sung gracefully to the crowd. Mr. Joe Apodaca then took to the stage to thank everyone for being at the graduation on that memorable night. Congratulating the seniors for their hard work, Apodaca wished them success in the next stage of their life.
As theÂ class valedictorian Apolonia Gardner began her speech, she noted that despite the large number of students in her class, she was honored to be among all of them.Â Turning to the audience, GardnerÂ shared someÂ observationsÂ on the changes brought on by the last four years of school.Â Â She noted that they all grew, both inÂ knowledge and even personal flair,Â eventually becoming seniors and enjoying all the perks of being the big fishÂ on campus. Â GardnerÂ concluded byÂ personally thanking her family for supporting her, and blessed her class on the new journeys they would soon encounter afterward.
Ending the evening, the seniors gladlyÂ received their diplomas and watched the concluding firework show, celebrating and no doubt reflectingÂ on their own personal passagesÂ through high school at Imperial.[envira-gallery id=”78920″]