344 graduates receive diplomas at Skyline High School’s 12 commencement ceremony on June 5
The George Gervin GameAbove Center at Eastern Michigan University was the setting for the 12th Commencement Ceremony of Skyline High School.
Skyline High School Principal Cory McElmeel congratulated the graduating seniors for their academic achievement, with over 60 percent earning academic honors. He also highlighted their service to the school community, and achievements in the arts, athletics, and other passions. “Skyline family, there must have been something in the water or the air about 18-years ago because this group of young leaders in front of us has some of the biggest hearts, some of the biggest minds and the greatest souls that we have taught in a long time,” McElmeel said. “We will greatly miss the graduates of 2023 at Skyline. You are a beloved group of students.”
Aaralyn Huhn shared the Senior Class Message, highlighting the arduous climb up four floors of stairs that Skyline students make daily at 8 AM. Huhn said she and all her classmates are done with the challenge of climbing these stairs, somewhat embarrassingly out of breath at the top. While everyone at Skyline can see the challenge the stairs, pose, she said more hidden were the various internal struggles each student carried with them throughout their high school experience.
“My fellow graduates, I don’t know all of you, or your challenges or what you carried with you every day, but I do know if most people knew your story, knew your climb and everything you’ve been through they’d probably wonder how you are still smiling, still standing here today,” Huhn said. “And if no one has said it, I’m proud of each and every one of you for where you have been, for the fact that you’re here now and where you are headed. Wherever your journey takes you I encourage you to make yourself seen and to look around and support those who are still ascending.”
The Class of 2023, led by Senior SLC Presidents Fiona Shanngguan and Grace Lee presented their class gift of indoor and outdoor seating and benches for future students and staff to enjoy.
Candace O’Leary gave the Commencement Address. O’Leary said she initially thought it was a senior prank when she was told the class had elected her for the address, as she’s an introverted art teacher. O’Leary offered the class of 2023 several do’s and don’ts to keep in mind no matter where they are headed next. She said do remember where you came from; don’t change yourself for anyone else; do speak your truth; and don’t sell yourself short. Finally, O’Leary ended her speech with a quote from Ice-Cube, “Check yourself, before you wreck yourself.”
For more photos, go to the AAPS Facebook Page. You can watch the complete CTN Broadcast of the Commencement Ceremony here.