NRHS students participate in 128th Commencement Exercises
On Friday, May 23, 174 members of New Richmond High School Class of 2014 walked across the stage in the gymnasium, received their diplomas and shook the hands of Principal Tom Wissink, District Administrator Jeff Moberg and one of the members of the New Richmond School District Board of Education.
A total of 180 students graduated from New Richmond High School this year at the 128th Commencement Exercises.
The ceremony started with a prelude by the Kammerchor choir as well as a song by the Symphonic Band after which the Presentation of the Colors was made by members of the Butler-Harmon American Legion Post 80.
Following the Pledge of Allegiance, the Class of 2014 senior class president, Alexandra Utgaard, welcomed the students, staff, teachers, families and friends of the graduates with a short speech before giving way to the Kammerchor and the seniors from the various choirs to sing one last song together. The Wind Ensemble then played a selection of its own leading into the presentation of the class by Moberg.
This year’s commencement address was given by Salutatorian Emily Kukacka and Valedictorian Alexandra Wheeler. Wissink followed the address with a short speech of his own and the presentation of the Class of 2014. Diplomas were awarded to the students by representatives of the School Board.
Once the last student made it back to his seat, senior Christian Martin gave his classmates one last send off. Then the members of the Class of 2014 erupted with cheers of joy and threw their caps in the air to celebrate their accomplishment.