SOUTH WHITLEY â€” Members of Whitko High Schoolâ€™s class of 2012 were all smiles Friday night as tassels were turned, diplomas were received and classmates exchanged hugs during the studentsâ€™ final official school function â€” the 2012 commencement ceremony.
â€śAlthough the moment may be temporary, these memories will last forever,â€ť said class Vice President Jenifer Sparke, paraphrasing the class motto.
â€śWe plan on becoming very rich and powerful, so watch out.â€ť
Whitko graduated 129 seniors during the hour-long ceremony.
Class Valedictorian Dylan Cozad approached the podium and announced he would not be giving a speech before proceeding to prompt laughs from the packed Whitko gymnasium with a cleverly prepared list of â€śthank yous.â€ť
Cozad thanked Whitkoâ€™s art teacher for being a staunch promoter of all things Notre Dame.
â€śThatâ€™s why Iâ€™m going to Butler,â€ť Cozad said.
Cozad also thanked the creators of the video game Grand Theft Auto â€śfor teaching us all how to drive.â€ť
Whitkoâ€™s top graduate ended his speech on a more serious note.
â€śIâ€™m sure we will all improve the world,â€ť he said.
Music during the ceremony was provided by the Whitko High School Chamber Ensemble. The group sang the National Anthem and â€śUntil We Sing Again.â€ť
Whitkoâ€™s high school band, which played â€śPomp and Circumstanceâ€ť at the outset of the ceremony, played â€śFreedomâ€ť during the recessional.