The Sprayberry High School Class of 2020 earned more than $1.2 million in individual scholarships and tallied up 427 academic hours through dual enrollment. About 15% of the Sprayberry students graduated with a weighted GPA of 4.0 or higher, and in total the graduating class dedicated more than 7,000 hours to community service. For all those accomplishments and many more, the Sprayberry community came together on July 15 to honor the class of 2020 with an in-person commencement ceremony.
“In our graduating class, we have students from more than 24 different countries who speak 22 different languages. Today it is even more important that we honor this diversity and that our students move forward to be part of a generation of positive change,” Sprayberry Principal Sara Griffin said.
The Sprayberry graduates came together to turn their tassels at Cantrell Stadium on the campus of McEachern High School—the location for all Cobb Schools commencement ceremonies in 2020. To ensure the health and safety of all graduates, guests, and staff, the District followed the guidance of local public health officials when coordinating the Sprayberry ceremony, including the location.
The Sprayberry 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.
Sprayberry senior class president and valedictorian Jenna Holton praised her fellow graduates for their successes and the opportunities that await them.
“The ambiguity and disruption of COVID-19 couldn’t stifle the resiliency of each graduate,” the Sprayberry valedictorian commended. “We had a choice in how we would react…and we chose to make the most of what we could. This practice of seeking the best despite the circumstances will serve us well in life. We will not succumb to the pressures of negativity rather we will overcome.”
The salutatorian echoed his classmate’s praise on the resiliency of the Class of 2020 and encouraged his fellow graduates to act.
“Now is our time to take on the world, to pursue our passions, to leave a legacy,” said Mashoor Al Ahammed. “I’m confident that this graduating class of Sprayberry can utilize the lessons we have learned the past few months to not only achieve greatness but to also do the right thing.”