Two hours before it was set to begin, heavy rain fell on the site of Harrison High School’s 2020 Commencement. It seemed that yet another event would be postponed or changed in the upside down year that 2020 has turned out to be. But organizers of the event at McEachern’s Cantrell Stadium—closely watching the weather maps on their phones—didn’t lose hope that the skies would soon clear.
And clear they did. As the sun shined its favor on the Hoyas so many other times during the 2019-2020 school year, it did so once again. Among many other awards, this graduating class qualified for nearly $10 million in scholarship money, had an average GPA of 3.5 (with 73% graduating with honors), received several STEM and Arts recognitions, and won multiple sports state championships (including their first football state title).
“As a high school principal,” said Ashlynn Campbell, “the commencement ceremony is always my favorite event. While tonight is not exactly what our normal ceremony would have been, I am so thankful that we are here to officially celebrate the Class of 2020.”
“Make each day count as you plan for your future,” she told the graduating seniors. “Seize the opportunity to do something amazing for our community and our country. This is your time to help move our nation forward.”