Friends, family and members of the community packed the Athletic and Community Center Friday during Montgomery High School's 110th commencement ceremony to watch the class of 2014 walk across the stage and receive their diplomas and become high school graduates .
The ceremony kicked off with the graduates walking into the complex two at a time as "Pomp and Circumstance" was played. Once the students entered, the national anthem was sung by senior members of Virtuoso.
The class of 2014 president, Hannah J. Umpstead, then took to the podium to address the graduates.
CRAIG S. McKIBBEN JR./Sun-Gazette Correspondent
Montgomery Area High School graduating seniors, foreground, friends and family listen to the welcome delivered by Hannah J. Umpstead (not pictured) during Montgomery’s graduation.
She said that although many of the graduates dreamed about finally graduating high school and leaving the area to experience what the world has to offer, she reminded them to make something of every moment of life.
"These 13 years seemed to take a lifetime, but soon they will only be memories," Umpstead said.
Matthew C. Reinheart, class valedictorian, then took to the podium to offer the graduates some words of wisdom.
He advised them to regret nothing, have a story to tell and to not forget what the walls of Montgomery High School has taught them.
The class of 2014 Saluatorian, Bethany K. Hipple, then asked the graduates to take a moment to remember something about their graduation day.
She explained that people focus so much on the future that sometimes they do not take a moment to appreciate the world around them. She advised the students to remember to not forget to live in the present.
"Cherish the present," Hipple said.
Superintendent Daphne L. Bowers then spoke to the graduates and told them that when they continue on in their futures to have pride, responsibility and a desire to to do something great with their lives.
She also told the students about the race horse California Chrom, who will compete to become the first Triple Crown winner since 1978 Belmont Stakes, and how the horse is competing in an important race, just like the graduates will be running the race of their lives after they receive their diplomas.
The keynote speaker Dr. Judy Kuhns-Hasting, told the students to make sure they show up for life.
She advised them to take the good times and the bad times in life and try to see the gifts that every situation gives them.
"Try to live in the heart of life," Hasting said.
The graduates then had their time to shine as each one was called up to the stage to receive their diplomas from school board president, Adam R. Diggan. When each of the 65 graduates' names were called the complex would erupt in applause for each one.
Once every graduate received their diploma, Bowers made her way to the podium again to declare the class of 2014 high school graduates. Caps flew in the air, balloons were released from the ceiling, silly string was sprayed and beach balls were tossed around in celebration by the thrilled graduates.