With sunny skies and warm temperatures, Anoka High School’s class of 2012 celebrated the end of their high school career together.
The school’s 140th commencement exercises took place Tuesday evening at Goodrich Field.
Members of the Anoka High School band played Sir Edward Elgar’s “Pomp and Circumstance” as the graduated processed onto the field.
Graduate Jake Sullivan sang the national anthem and Molly Evavold, student council president, gave the invocation.
Principal Michael Farley told graduates that “the class of 2012 were an amazing four years.”
Farley became the school’s principal four years ago, as this year’s graduates were entering the school as freshmen.
He told the graduates that they have learned so much over the last for years, experiencing both good and bad.
“This year you set the bar high for yourselves, your school and your community,” Farley said.
Superintendent Dennis Carlson told the graduates, “Hard work and perseverance do pay off.”
Student speaker Tony Palosaari shared memories with his fellow graduates in his speech.
“High school should be about the people you meet and how they impact you, or more importantly, how you impact them,” he said.
“I can’t imagine not remembering the names and faces sitting here before me.”
Tara Schaefle gave the second student speech. In it she described how school is a place where you learn to live your lives.
“Senior year has been a time of substantial transition,” she said.
And while some may be lost, Schaefle said, “We won’t be lost, we’ll be exploring where we belong.”
Farley then presented the graduates, who received their diplomas from School Board member John Hoffman.
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