Posted Date: 06/01/2022
Saturday was all about seniors as hundreds poured in and out of the UMAC to watch loved ones walk across the stage at the UMAC during two commencements in the morning and afternoon.
“This is a day about you,” Superintendent Dr. Kirt Hartzler said. “This is especially a day for your parents. as with joy in their hearts, they see the culmination of all those years of anxiety, love, panic, hard work and costs in this moment of achievement and success.”
The class of 2022 – 1,100 seniors – has been a great one and has established a stellar reputation and legacy that will last, Hartzler told audiences.
“You have become scholars, lived like champions, reached out to help others, and honed your talents,” Hartzler said. “The legacy you have left through your teamwork and championships, your high levels of volunteerism, and your motivation to achieve – even through a global pandemic - has made your class highly respected. You have enhanced the reputation of your school and you have embodied what it means to live by the Union Way – excellence in all that we do.”
Valedictorians Reeya Ramasamy and Meghana Venkatesha brought positive messages, tinged with humor and fond memories, while Principal Tony Tempest commended seniors for their accomplishments and hard work, recognizing several seniors for their achievements.
The threat of poor weather forced Union High School to move commencement inside the UMAC, conducting two ceremonies at 10 a.m. and 2:10 p.m.
You can watch the ceremonies here:
In his message to seniors, Hartzler cautioned seniors to be wary of the “unforgiving minute.”
“Rudyard Kipling, the famed poet, offers up some inspiration through his poem ‘If,’ in which he tells us to fill the ‘unforgiving minute’ with 60 seconds’ worth of distance run,” Hartzler said. “This is a great line to live by! It suggests that you push yourself to excel, fill your allotted time on earth with action, don’t walk passively through this world, because time will have a way of passing you by.
“As you age, our hope is that you learn that the unforgiving minute is your greatest ally, and it is not always filled with noise or catching up with what’s happening on social media or Tic Tok. The unforgiving minute could also be called the uncomfortable minute. It’s those 60 seconds in life when you are between events, and you do not know what to do. These are the moments that will either feed your soul or numb your mind. Sometimes it is within the quiet that your soul speaks and is the loudest.”
Continuing, Hartzler said, “All of us are in essence the timekeepers of our own lives; all of our days contribute to our existence; and all of our actions and decisions determine what we can become. Now is the time to make a positive difference in this world. Go live a life that makes you, your parents, and your teachers proud. Graduates, it is running time…regardless of your pace, or the challenges you face, it is now time to run after your destiny. And don’t forget to fill the unforgiving minute with 60 seconds’ worth of distance for ‘Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it. Our best wishes will be with you!”
🎓2022🎓 It’s a wrap pic.twitter.com/XcaXuW4sNY— Desiree Marshall-Penny (@desiree_penny) May 22, 2022