“When in life you are tackled by your own pants, as sometimes will happen, pull ‘em up and get on with the game,” said commencement speaker Mark Behan shortly before graduates filed across the Glens Falls High School auditorium stage to accept their diplomas on Saturday, June 22. After recounting a story of perseverance from his own high school years, Mr. Behan offered the class of 2013 additional advice. “To succeed, in whatever way you define success, will require the unique, focused application of both your intelligence and your passion.” (Read the full commencement address HERE.)
Family members and friends cheered as 153 students graduated—with honors, awards, and personal accomplishments. Valedictorian Allyce Morrissey spoke to classmates about events the class has collectively witnessed over the course of their lives. “We have lived through fear… but we are also witnesses to courage and strength,” she said. “The world has changed us. Now it’s our time to change the world.”
Salutatorian Jordan Griffen also spoke of overcoming challenges, saying, “the problems we have to conquer are what makes graduation so beautiful.” Class co-presidents Alyx Sealy and Latifa Taylor announced that the senior class gift – an annual fundraising tradition – would be presented to the Special Olympics.