Families, friends and students gathered for Booker High School’s 89th commencement ceremony on May 20 at the Robarts Arena.
Graduate Danae Tran played "The Star-Spangled Banner" on violin; the ceremony also featured performances of songs such as “All the Stars” and “True Colors” by members of the Booker High School Visual and Performing Art Center.
Graduate Ivana Rodriguez spoke about the resilience she learned from overcoming the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Another graduate, Nora Mitchell, spoke about writing the story of one’s own life while also understanding others’ stories, describing everyone as “fighting their own battles and facing their own dragons, on their own arduous quest.”
A third graduate, Leah Dubose, spoke about making the most of the future.
“Honestly, it doesn’t feel real, because it’s all just now happening,” said Christian Robinson, who said he was “extremely” excited to pursue a psychology degree at Tallahassee Community College. “Once I get the feeling of it, I will say it was worth it.”