The Class of 2015 of Proviso East High School said "goodbye" to their home for the last four years at their commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 23, at the UIC Pavilion.
The seniors graduated with pomp and circumstance during the ceremonies that were a mixture of congratulations for their efforts and hard work, happiness for graduating, and sadness in leaving friends and high school behind them as they move on to a new chapter in their lives.
Ulises Rodriguez, the class valedictorian, encouraged his fellow graduates to strive for success after high school.
"When I think of the Class of 2015, I see nurses, teachers, lawyers, musicians, YouTubers, professional athletes, chefs, and so much more," Ulises said. "Leave your mark. Whatever you decide to do with this diploma, always remember, failure is not an option."
Empress Harris, the class salutatorian, echoed those thoughts, saying the graduates are a resilient group.
"We know how to dust our shoulders off, stand tall, and get back on the narrow path of success," she said. "We are a goal driven class. Nothing can hold us back and our ambitions propel us forward."
The Class of 2015 will be leaving a memento behind.
Moriah Hampton, the senior class president, presented Mr. Tony Valente, principal at Proviso East, a certificate with the class gift of two granite benches, with one inscribed with the class motto of "Failure is not an option" and the other dedicated to the memory of their classmate, Dominique Thomas, who passed away in 2011 during the graduates’ freshman year. The benches will be placed in the walkway to the clock tower entrance at Proviso East.
Congratulations, Proviso East graduates!
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