Cherry Creek High School graduates Gage Anderson and Donovan Droege reassured their graduating class of life after high school.
The future is unknown and plans will undoubtedly change, they said, but that's part of the journey.
“That diploma does not have all the answers,” Droege said. “And that is OK.”
The duo gave a theatrical speech at the school's annual commencement ceremony on May 25, held at Stutler Bowl Stadium in Greenwood Village.
Friends and families filled the stands, cheering periodically as their loved ones received high school diplomas. Graduates were called to the podium in four groups, and musical performers and speakers too the stage in between.
Graduate Hanna Fernley spoke to the 848 graduates seated around her. Her speech, “The Theory of We,” urged change in the millennial generation.
“It's time to turn generation “Me” into generation 'We,' ” she said.
She highlighted the importance of collaboration. The class of 2016 raised $11,000 for solar panels, $25,000 for children with diseases and volunteered 10,000 hours.
Cherry Creek Principal Ryan Silva honored the graduating class, and staff and board members presented diplomas.
Several students composed and performed music for the ceremony. Graduate Elana Richardson sang and played guitar in a solo performance titled, “Something to Remember.” Graduates Spencer Clancy, Anu Khanna, Paul Kim and Josie Lee wowed the audience with Mozart's, “Eine Kline Nachtmusik.”
Anderson and Dreoge left the graduating class with a reminder of their roots.
“You'll always have a home in Colorado,” Anderson said.
“And," Droege added, "you'll always have a place at Cherry Creek High School.”
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