“Now is your time to go forward, to compete and to excel in your job, in your university, and in your life that you create through your hard work. Remember the best way for you to predict your future is for you to create it. I can’t wait to see what life holds for the Class of 2020!”
That is part of what Principal Candace Wilkes told the Allatoona High School graduates who celebrated the culmination of their student success at an in-person commencement ceremony on July 14.
The Allatoona graduates walked with pride in their robes and caps. The honor graduates stood out with their gold cords as did other graduates who wore an array of colorful cords to mark their memberships in elite honor societies.
Their families watched with excitement in the stands of Cantrell Stadium on the campus of McEachern High School—the location where all Cobb Schools will hold commencement ceremonies this year. The District followed the guidance of local public health officials when coordinating the Allatoona ceremony to ensure the health and safety of all graduates, guests, and staff.
The Allatoona ceremony was also streamed live to accommodate family and friends who were unable to attend. For those who missed it, the ceremony is available to watch below.
The event may have not taken place where or when the students had imagined, but the ceremony still gave the graduates an opportunity to come together one last time and celebrate together all their accomplishments and hard work and look forward to their future after turning their tassels.
The Allatoona graduates took the steps toward their future with these words of advice from their senior class president Nia George:
“Remember to be the peacemakers, the change-makers, and create a world that you want to live in. Along the way, we will be told ‘No’ and there will be obstacles to overcome, but as Martin Luther King once said, ‘If not us, then who, and if not now, then when.’”