Gar-Field High School Seniors Graduate
Gar-Field High School seniors become graduates.
The anticipation was palpable within the halls of the Patriot Center at George Mason University as the graduatin seniors from Gar-Field High School lined up to enter the auditorium. Last minute mirror checks, hands and legs shaking while best friends were making memories, this was the time they will remember as years roll by.
At the front of the line stood the valedictorian, Yossra Hamid.
“I’m really happy," Hamid said. "It’s been a great high school experience. I feel blessed to have made the best friends anyone could ask for.”
When asked what she’d like to impart onto graduating seniors, she said, “Believe in yourself and work your hardest. You can achieve any goal you set your mind to.”
As the procession of students and teachers took their place after the Nation Anthem was played by the Gar-Field Symphonic Band, flags were raised and the crowd stood in pledge of allegiance to the flag.
A program of inspirational words and tribute ensued until it was time for the students to make their way to the stage. As seniors accepted their diplomas and turned their tassels from left to right to declare their graduation, the crowd consisting of teachers, peers and family had eyes full of prideful tears.
Teacher John Facciola said of his experience at the graduation, "It’s more emotional than I would have thought it would be now seeing all the students here in their tassels and robes.” His words to the graduates, “Your parents have paid for you to be here, we all kept you on track, but the rest is up to you now.”