May 23, 2019 – Roswell High School held its 70th annual commencement ceremony in the Ameris Bank Amphitheatre in Alpharetta on Wednesday, May 22 at 2:30 p.m.
Principal Dr. Robert Shaw addressed the graduates and attendees, before conferring 474 diplomas to members of the class of 2019. This is the end of his second year as principal at Roswell High School.
“What a privilege I have to address the graduating class of the best high school in the state,” said Shaw. “Today is a day of celebration and a day to remember, share, and celebrate all of your accomplishments. It has been a professional and personal joy over the last two years to celebrate your accomplishments, cheer you on to victory and watch as you learn, grow and mature.”
Student speakers included Valedictorian Sameer Khan and Salutatorian Lena Krone.
“I am thankful for the village that exists here at Roswell High School, for all the learning outside of the classroom through meeting new people and experiencing new things and for shaping me into who I am today,” Khan said in his address. “Our ‘village’ has provided us with an education, something that is so valuable yet seldom appreciated. All of us will go on to do amazing things: developing careers, travelling the world and leading our communities. We should remember that these opportunities would not be realistic without an education…. Education is something we deserve, but we should also appreciate it by making the best use of it that we can.”
In her speech, Krone congratulated her classmates and thanked them for welcoming her into the Roswell High School community when she relocated to Roswell from South Florida for her freshman year.
“To the class of 2019, your devoted efforts have led to this milestone, and you should be so proud,” said Krone. “Your spirits have colored my days at Roswell High with a vibrancy that I never expected when I first walked through the doors.”
Graduates of Roswell High School’s class of 2019 were awarded $14.3 million in scholarships, and will attend such schools as Appalachian State University, the University of Arizona, Auburn University, Columbia University, Georgia State University, the University of Georgia, the University of South Carolina, the University of Tennessee and the University of Wisconsin, among others. Other graduates will move straight into the workforce, utilizing the skills they have honed in high school, or have chosen to enlist in a branch of the U.S. Armed Forces. One member of the graduating class has been selected to attend the U.S. Naval Academy.
“As you leave Roswell, I would implore you, if you desire success as you define it, to find something that you love to do and work harder than everybody else to become successful at it,” said Shaw in his commencement address. “Hard work, and the kind of work that leads to success, is doing more than is what is expected. If you have this kind of work ethic … I can guarantee you that there will be opportunities to succeed because you would have demonstrated your character and the fact that you can be trusted.”
As a new tradition, following the commencement ceremony, many members of the Class of 2019 gathered in the Ray Manus Stadium on Roswell High School’s campus for photos, continuing the celebration with faculty, staff, family and friends.
For more commencement photos, visit Roswell High School’s Facebook page, @RoswellHighSch.
(Photo credits Jenna Keiser and Pam Nitzken)
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