Area graduates acknowledged the completion of one chapter of their lives Friday and Saturday while embracing an unknown future of discovery.
San Jon seniors Bobby Benally and Chelsey Tillman shared a class history with fellow classmates and families Friday night during their graduation ceremony.
While the students had a good laugh at their past actions, San Jon Superintendent Gary Salazar urged the seniors to look forward to the adventure ahead.
“This is not the end. It is just another start,” Salazar said. “There is a whole world out there waiting for you to succeed.”
Salazar said the seniors should always look forward but never forget where they have come from.
“Remember those who have helped you along your way,” Salazar said. “Always know there is a place where people are proud of what you have done.”
Benally was presented his diploma by his aunt, Cynthia Lee, a San Jon School Board member.
“I was speechless,” Benally said. “I did my best not to cry. She has been my number one fan.”
There was a double graduation Saturday at Logan High School as six students from the school’s new online program earned their diplomas.
“I was extremely proud of the group of adults which graduated,” said Anna Hibner, online program coordinator.
As the graduates prepared to walk, Hibner spoke with Tanya Bowers before she entered the gym.
“She told me she could not believe she was doing this,” Hibner said. “She thanked for me for believing in her all this time.”
Hibner said she was overwhelmed when Bowers told her she was planning to attend college.
“This program has been amazing,” Hibner said. “It’s only going to get better. Next year there are 20 students returning and 13 new students enrolling in the program.”
Bowers had little time to celebrate her accomplishment as she had to prepare for the graduation of her son, Cody Morrison.
“It may not seem like I had time to enjoy my glory, though it was more fulfilling for me to see my son graduate,” Bowers said.
Bowers cheered as her son’s name was called and he walked across the stage to receive his diploma.
“I am so proud of my son,” she said.