SOUTH WHITLEY — Members of Whitko High School’s class of 2012 were all smiles Friday night as tassels were turned, diplomas were received and classmates exchanged hugs during the students’ final official school function — the 2012 commencement ceremony.
“Although the moment may be temporary, these memories will last forever,” said class Vice President Jenifer Sparke, paraphrasing the class motto.
“We plan on becoming very rich and powerful, so watch out.”
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 “thank yous.”
Cozad thanked Whitko’s art teacher for being a staunch promoter of all things Notre Dame.
“That’s why I’m going to Butler,” Cozad said.
Cozad also thanked the creators of the video game Grand Theft Auto “for teaching us all how to drive.”
Whitko’s top graduate ended his speech on a more serious note.
“I’m sure we will all improve the world,” he said.
Music during the ceremony was provided by the Whitko High School Chamber Ensemble. The group sang the National Anthem and “Until We Sing Again.”
Whitko’s high school band, which played “Pomp and Circumstance” at the outset of the ceremony, played “Freedom” during the recessional.