Posted Date: 05/27/2021
More than 300 seniors - including 28 EDGE seniors – this morning walked across the stage in the first of three Commencements planned for today at the UMAC.
The 28 seniors of EDGE or Earn a Degree, Graduate Early will not only receive a high school diploma this year but they will receive an associate’s degree from Tulsa Community College. Because they are the first group of students in the state of Oklahoma to graduate under the pilot program, they were invited to be part of the first ceremony.
In his message to graduates, Superintendent Dr. Kirt Hartzler congratulated seniors for not only graduating but just making it through the past year.
“To all of our students, congratulations on completing your high school career. You made it! This of course has not just been an ordinary year,” Hartzler said. “It has been unprecedented in many ways. I commend all of you for your perseverance and positive attitude in learning how to do school while living through the many challenges of this global pandemic. Through your courage and grace you have also taught us how to persist even through the toughest of times.”
Continuing, Hartzler said, “We are very proud of each of you in what you have accomplished and that you recognize the power of education. While this is indeed a day about you, this is also a special day for your parents, your family, and teachers as they take the time to reminisce about how far you have come and express their hopes and expectations for your future.”
Valedictorians Botifeni Bajela and Breceira Bernal were selected speakers for the first group, representing students with last names A-F.
After Senior Class Publicist Neal Kinney welcomed graduates and their families, Senior Executive Board Member Michal Harris and Senior Class Vice President Stephanie Melton took their classmates down memory lane. Senior Council Vice President Emma Jones talked about the “State of the Union.” Senior Class Principal Marla Robinson also congratulated the seniors.
Special thanks to senior Sloan French, who led his class in singing the Alma Mater, which he knew by heart, after the audio track stopped playing.
Last January as COVID-19 cases were raging in the Tulsa area, administrators had decided then to break-up the graduating class into three segments in order to allow for social distancing, while also providing a virtual commencement for seniors and families who could not attend in person.
You can watch the first ceremony online here: https://youtu.be/zQoXD9s1k9Q
The High School will host two more Commencements, which will also be live-streamed on Youtube.
2 p.m. G-N - https://youtu.be/RcptUdVKlaE
6 p.m. O-Z - https://youtu.be/-SEigd0KVzQ
Union aired its virtual Commencement Saturday, May 22; you may view the virtual commencement here: https://youtu.be/RZCvBt5smA4
UNION HIGH SCHOOL ALMA MATER
Union High stands proud forever!
Loyalty rides high.
Memories, forget them never
As the years go by.
Friends, we make from year to year.
Watch as goals are reached
Union High will always be dear
To our destiny.
Let the Graduation begin!! Congrats class of 2021!! pic.twitter.com/LcgRMS3pti— Mama Fish (@ItsMamaFish) May 27, 2021
Happy graduation day to our four senior boys! Congrats! We know you will do great things! 🙌🏼🎾🎓 pic.twitter.com/dgZBU4OOPm— Union Tennis (@UnionTennisOK) May 27, 2021
Happy graduation day to our senior girls! Congrats! We know you will do great things! 🙌🏼🎾🎓 pic.twitter.com/7fn330pMOT— Union Tennis (@UnionTennisOK) May 27, 2021