There were laughs and a few tears, but most importantly there was plenty of applause for the 150-plus members of Saucon Valley High School’s Class of 2021, who graduated in an outdoor commencement ceremony held in the school district stadium Friday evening.
The annual ritual of graduation returned to Saucon Valley High School Friday night with commencement exercises for the Class of 2019, which were held in the school’s auditorium, where approximately 165 graduates turned their mortarboard tassles and the page to a new chapter in life.
At their meeting Tuesday night, the Saucon Valley School Board approved several changes to the 2018-2019 school calendar. The changes were necessitated by two additional snow days the district used this winter.
Friday was an emotional, exciting evening for members of the Saucon Valley Class of 2017, as well as family members and friends, who attended Commencement exercises in the Saucon Valley High School auditorium and witnessed their transition from high school students to high school graduates.
More than 180 students graduated from Saucon Valley High School Friday night in a memorable ceremony that was punctuated with much laughter and a few tears. The ceremony was noteworthy for being superintendent Monica McHale-Small’s first since she arrived at Saucon last summer, and she reminisced on her first impressions of the school district, which she called an exceptionally nice place. It was also noteworthy for who wasn’t there. Jose Angel Mojica–a Saucon student who died two years ago from acute lymphoblastic leukemia–would have graduated with the Class of 2015 had he lived. In recognition of that fact, Mojica’s parents were presented with his diploma, and principal Eric Kahler commented that all the members of the senior class had signed a yearbook that would also be given to them.
Correction: A previous version of this story included an incorrect starting time for the ceremony. The graduation ceremony will begin at 7 p.m.
Saucon Valley High School’s Class of 2015 will graduate on Friday, June 12. The ceremony–which will be held in the high school auditorium–will begin at 7 p.m., and there will be parking restrictions in place to accommodate what’s expected to be a large turnout. According to a news alert from the Saucon Valley School District, all parking spots in the first two rows of the main high school “student” lot will be reserved for handicapped parking access. “If possible, we ask families to carpool to the school to reduce the amount of cars at the school so that all parking needs can be met,” the news release said.