Nearly 300 large faculty seniors gained their diplomas Friday in Uvalde in the shadow of the massacre of 19 elementary faculty pupils and two lecturers just one thirty day period earlier.
The 288 pink-gowned Uvalde Higher Faculty seniors sat in 100-degree warmth at the faculty stadium on the 1-month anniversary of the mass shootings. Right before them were being arrayed 21 “Uvalde Strong” placards, representing those killed, as school and college student leaders spoke.
Uvalde school Superintendent Hal Harrell and university principal Randy Harris praised the learners for their power and resilience by way of 3 COVID-19 pandemic many years, a few modifications of principals and then the May 14 mass taking pictures at the South Texas town’s Robb Elementary School.
“Love the people today in your existence while you have them mainly because you do not know what the long term retains for anyone,” class valedictorian Abigail Kone explained in her tackle.
“Our group has unquestionably discovered about the sudden. A thing that ought to have never took place happened. Our life have been altered. But we however stand together as a community,” she stated.
Immediately after studying off the names of the 19 slain kids and teachers, Kone claimed, “These liked ones of families were being taken much too quickly. They will not likely be specified the chance to adhere to their dreams or check out their families develop up.
“So tonight, I would like to incorporate these kids of Robb Elementary as honorary members of the Class of 2022 loved ones,” she mentioned to prolonged applause.