Graduation: an ending and a beginning

Over the past two weeks, I have introduced our community to a few of the outstanding members of the Wayne High School Class of 2015. On May 24, these students along with nearly 400 others crossed the stage at the Nutter Center and became graduates of Wayne High School. Graduation is truly a very special day for students, families, and staff members.

For our students, graduation is not only an ending, it is also a beginning. As they say good-bye to four years of high school courses, students must also begin to plan for the next phase of their lives. For some, graduation means entering the workforce or military, for others it means continuing their education at a two-year, four-year, or technical college.

This year, as part of an initiative sponsored by Learn to Earn Dayton, high school seniors in all 24 high schools in Montgomery County were asked to publicly declare their post-graduation college or career plans during a “Signing Day” event. For our Wayne High School seniors, “Signing Day” was a reminder that graduation may be the end of high school but it is the beginning of new educational plans that will lead to advanced degrees and careers.

Graduation is also a special time for the families of our graduates as they celebrate the accomplishments of their children. However, as you celebrate, please remember that your continued help and support after graduation is crucial to your child’s future success. Young adults can be overwhelmed by the many choices they are faced with and the sometimes complicated procedures they have to navigate in order to pursue their dreams. Having the love and guidance of their families helps graduates persevere despite any obstacles.

For our staff, graduation can be bittersweet as they say good-bye to the students they have worked with over the past four years. Our staff has done their very best to help each student develop the academic skills necessary for success beyond high school. Along the way, these same staff members have been there to cheer for our students at athletic events, concerts, plays, and other extra-curricular activities. Our hope is that along with their education, the “Warrior Pride” instilled in students over the past four years will help them accomplish great things as they leave Wayne and move forward with their lives.

The Wayne High School Class of 2015 is an exceptional group of young people. The Board of Education, staff, and I wish each one of them the very best as they graduate. We look forward to hearing about the their continued achievements.

As always, if you have questions about our schools, please contact me at the Administrative Offices (237-6300) or through e-mail at