“Let me take this opportunity to congratulate our Class of 2020 on all that we have accomplished,” said North Cobb Student President Joshua Hollis, kicking off the school’s much-anticipated commencement ceremony.
“Collectively,” Joshua continued, “we have completed thousands of community service hours, participated in athletics and fine arts, and excelled academically. We have exemplified perseverance and adaptability. Words cannot express how proud I am of our entire class for making it here through all that has happened.”
It has indeed been a year where much has happened. The Class of 2020 has had to endure more than any other graduating class in recent memory. For several months, the focus was anywhere but graduation. Public concern over health and safety during the C-19 pandemic stole the headlines on a seemingly hourly basis. Based on public health guidance, a commencement ceremony was not feasible in May when the graduates official completed their high school career.
But just like every other high school in Cobb County School District, North Cobb’s day to walk had finally arrived. Hundreds of graduates sat socially-distanced on the football field at Cantrell Stadium, relishing their time in the sun. Literally. The sun was shining hot and bright on a clear and beautiful July 22 morning.
When Matthew Moody later took the podium to congratulate his very first graduating class as principal, he scanned the graduates momentarily before speaking.
“I want to thank you for how you have represented Warrior Nation,” he said proudly. “Through all that happened at the end of this school year, you remained composed and finished the semester in glowing fashion.”
“I truly am blessed to be Principal at North Cobb High School,” he continued emotionally, “getting to see all the great things you do. Best of luck to you. Go Warriors!”