Rain does not stop PHS from saying goodbye to graduating class
Rain did not dampen the spirits of the 650 high school seniors graduating from Prosper High School May 22. Despite the weather, families and friends joined the seniors in celebrating their accomplishments.
“I would like to thank everyone in the stands for showing up tonight,” Student Council President Cole Kindiger said. “More importantly though, welcome to the Class of 2021. When I was trying to write this speech, I knew I wanted to do more than congratulate us for making it this far. We will be getting that enough already. I also knew I did not want to write about the future. I can not imagine what the next year looks like, let alone the next ten. I did know I wanted to say something useful and pressing.”
“For all we have going for us, as PHS students, as Prosper students, there is one inescapable truth: We live in a bubble,” Kindiger said. “We have access, resources, and support systems that most people can only dream of. At the same time, that privilege makes it easy for us to isolate ourselves from the pressing issues in the world. That bubble limits our experiences, we do not know how to have a conversation about real topics. Politics is about people. Now we are here at graduation. This cap and gown is a one way ticket out of our parents’ basements and into the real world. When we leave this bubble, we will have this urge to recreate it. I want you to fight that urge. I want you to make friends with people who are not like you, to learn new things.”
Valedictorian Saranch Raina gave the Commencement speech after receiving his diploma. “Our last year of high school was very different than any of us could have imagined,” Raina said. “We could not have done all of this without the support of our amazing teachers. I still do not know what I want to do with the rest of my life, but I know we have a solid foundation. We are all on our path to reach our goal of happiness, and I encourage you to keep working. Life moves fast and many of you may fear being left behind. I promise you that you have all that you need to be successful. I strive to ‘be the hippo.’ Slowly work toward your goal every day and do not get stressed. Remember that you have all that you need, especially all of the great resources at this school.”
Superintendent Dr. Holly Ferguson presided over the graduation ceremony. “Adversity, perseverance, and grit are just a few words that best describe the Class of 2021,” Dr. Ferguson said. “Our Prosper High School graduates exemplified these words once again at their graduation ceremony on May 22, 2021. The students endured the rain but each and every graduate smiled, rejoiced, and made the most of the experience. I must acknowledge the fine work that the staff and leaders at Prosper High School have done to stay focused on students’ academic success because each and every student knew that their moment to graduate was a celebration of their journey of learning throughout an excellent education. I am so proud of each of our graduates for truly leaving a lasting legacy in Prosper ISD.”