LORAIN — A rainbow looked down on the Admiral King graduates as they embraced their family and friends as they walked outside in the light rain after their commencement ceremony Monday.
The last minute change in the ceremony’s location did not hold back the graduates, or their fans, from their loud applause and even louder cheering.
Initially scheduled to take place at the George Daniel Stadium, the rain forced administrators to move the ceremony into the Admiral King gym. Proud parents, family members and friends stopped fanning themselves with their programs long enough to cheer on the 175 graduates.
School board member Keith Lilly, a 1970 Admiral King graduate, offered some personal words of encouragement — advising the graduates to continue learning, regardless of whether they attend college, enter the workforce or enlist in the armed forces.
“What you know today is only a smidgen of what you need to know,” he said. “Your job is to climb the ladder; our job was to make sure it was against the right wall.”
The purpose of education, Lilly explained, is to replace an empty mind with an open mind.
“Wherever the road many lead you, I hope today is the start of your great future,” Lilly said.
Valedictorian Lauren Holbrook jokingly wrote a “Dear John” letter to her classmates – breaking up with the fellow seniors, whose relationship she creatively described as akin to peanut butter and jelly. Seeing each other five hours a day, five days a week got to be a bit much, she joked.
“I think we should see other people,” Holbrook said as the crowd laughed.
Holbrook, who will attend Ohio State University in the fall, insisted it’s time to meet new people, embark on new experiences and move on to better things. A long distance relationship, she joked, won’t work.
“This isn’t the end, this is just the start of something new,” she said.
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Anthony Morano adjusts the tassle on Brittany Krzak’s mortar board before commencement at Admiral King High School.