Friday, June 5, 2009

Denfeld graduation

June 4, 2009... the 82nd graduation ceremony of Duluth Denfeld High School in its present building. Denfeld High School links back to the first high school in the western area of Duluth and this is the 100th anniversary of that graduation. 

Below are some pictures to commemorate this event. Apologies for the quality of the pictures–we had to keep the flash on cameras off and it didn't work very well. That's me on stage giving my speech in the first picture. The second picture is of staff, speakers and officiating school board members while the first graduate marches down the aisle. The last picture was of the stage before the event began. The recent remodeling preserved the vintage quality and beauty of this wonderful auditorium. With yesterday's report on public radio about the out-of-control graduation at St. Cloud Apollo High School, Denfeld's ceremony stood out as a model of decorum. What a school! And... I have to say, it was quite an honor for me to be a speaker at my alma mater. I was a bit nervous thinking about speaking before this huge group but all went well. It was fun to be a part of this event and exciting to witness the emotions and thrill of parents, teachers and 2009 graduates. I won't bore you with writing my whole graduation address here, but later I'll include some highlights of what I shared with the graduates. So stay tuned... 

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