Warwick High School held its Sixty-First Annual Commencement Exercises for the Class of 2017 on Friday, June 9 at Calvary Church in Lancaster, with 338 students receiving diplomas.
Students wore traditional black robes and mortar boards with red tassels as they sprocessed down balcony staircases on both sides of the church auditorium and filed into seats surrounded by family and friends to the playing of “Pomp and Circumstance”performed by the Warwick High School Symphonic Band. Teachers followed the students into the venue.
A separate area adjacent to the auditorium was available for un-ticketed family and friends of graduates to watch the ceremony on a large screen. The event was also streamed “live” on the district website.
The ceremony opened with Warwick High School Principal, Mrs. Kristy Szobocsan, welcoming the students, staff, family and guests.
She introduced the three top academic students in the class who gave inspirational speeches: Shohini Banerjee, “To My Younger Self”, Alec Winpenny, “Moving Forward, Looking Back”, and Collin Heckman, “Not All Those Who Wander Are Lost”.
Following the speeches, Mrs. Szobocsan presented Alec Winpenny as the salutatorian and Collin Heckman as the Class of 2017 valedictorian.
Assistant Principal Mrs. K.C. Testerman introduced the Honor Graduates, representing the top ten percent of the Class of 2017 and Mr. Scott Kyper, Assistant Principal, introduced the senior members of the Honor Societies and Student Council.
Assistant Principal Mr. Sydnor Harrison introduced the senior foreign exchange students.
Senior members of the Warwick High School Concert Choir performed “Bridge Over Troubled Water,” accompanied on piano by Mr. Keith Reifsnyder, conducted by Music Director, Mrs. Debra Kline-Smith, followed by a short message by School Board President Dr. Timothy Quinn.
Warwick Superintendent Dr. April Hershey addressed the class with her motivational remarks about her own graduation experience 30 years ago.
Each student was announced by his/her homeroom teacher and proceeded to the stage to receive their diploma.
William Mobley, senior class president, gave a farewell address, entitled “Snapshots of Life”, reminiscing about events that occurred throughout their years at Warwick.
Commencement for the Class of 2017 culminated with the playing of Warwick’s “Alma Mater” and a new tradition, in which graduates were led in a simulation of a rollercoaster ride, part of a student led cheering section tradition. After the ride, graduates collectively tossed their mortar boards before meeting family and friends in the lobby afterwards.