HOBART — Superintendent of the School City of Hobart Peggy Buffington told the Class of 2021 it was the perfect night to celebrate them.
"Graduates, as this is your day, I want to thank you for the joy that you brought to so many with your Brickie attitude of, 'We've got this,'" she said.
Buffington went on to tell new graduates that change is automatic and growth needs to be intentional, but they should continue investing in themselves.
On Sunday evening, the more than 200 Hobart High School Brickies in the Class of 2021 lined the football field and walked across the stage to receive their diplomas. Two chairs among the graduates were empty, but draped with purple gowns for the two students in the Class of 2021 who died. During the presentation of diplomas, the students' names were read followed by a moment of silence.
Valedictorian Maxwell Jancich told his fellow graduates that their education is probably one of the most useful tools at their disposal — comparing it to a Swiss Army knife.
"Use that education to do what you know is right," he said to them.
Throughout their four years, the Class of 2021 earned nearly 6,600 college credits leading to a savings of over $1.1 million, said Danielle Adams, director of school counselors. Twenty three of them completed Indiana College Core, which is a 30-credit sequence that will transfer to public universities in Indiana for one-year worth of college.
Another 24 students graduated with both high school diplomas and associate's degrees, including the first students to earn them in medical assisting and energy technology, Adams said.
Graduate Kelsey Black spoke to her class about showing compassion and being useful in life. That doesn’t have to look like serving as a student representative on the school board like she did, but so much as a smile to a stranger can go a long way.
Drawing inspiration from Taylor Swift lyrics, she said, "Hobart may be a small town in this big world, but don’t let it disappear in your rearview mirror while you're out making the most of opportunities to find your purpose."
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Indiana University President Michael McRobbie told graduates to “build, heal and confront” a society rocked by social unrest.
Ivy Tech Community College grads sat along the baselines of Gary’s U.S. Steel Yard Saturday for their commencement ceremony, while family and friends flooded the stadium seats to cheer them on.
“Wear your Valpo apparel, and proudly fly that Valpo flag,” Alumni Association President Chelsea Gordon told the newly minted alumni Sunday.
Scenes from Valparaiso University's spring commencement ceremony.
Bishop Noll President Paul Mullaney congratulated the class who "triumphed over the pandemic."
“Society often portrays failure as some great evil,” Brett Otterbacher told his classmates, but it’s just a setback. Persistence is what overcomes failure.
While last year’s Lake Central High School graduating class showed hope, Principal Sean P. Begley said this year’s graduates had grit.
"In a class of 700, it felt like a class of one," Connor McCloskey said to his fellow classmates.
With Vincennes University as its college partner, career center graduates have earned 20,000 college credits over these five years, saving their families an estimated $4 million.
On Friday night, just over 90 graduates were handed diplomas for their hard work and success over the past four years at the Andrean High School 58th annual commencement.
Images from East Chicago Central High School's graduation ceremony.
Images from West Side Leadership Academy's graduation ceremony.
During two ceremonies on Sunday, family and friends gathered at Merrillville High School to watch the class of 2021 walk across the stage to receive their diplomas.
Over 250 graduates from Lowell High School proceeded onto the football field Friday to cap off their high school careers.
At the 86th and final graduation for George Rogers Clark Middle/High School Wednesday night, Principal David Verta told the graduates, "Class of 2021, we really did save the best for last."
Scenes from Clark High School's final commencement ceremony.
At the 137th and final commencement for Hammond High School Thursday evening, there were words of advice, tears and celebration.
Scenes from Hammond High School's last commencement ceremony.
The 170 or so students that walked across the stage at The Pavilion at Wolf Lake Saturday comprised the final graduating class of Gavit, which will close to make way for the new Hammond Central High School.
Nearly 300 graduates walked across the stage Saturday evening to wrap up their time as Morton High School Governors.
On Sunday afternoon, nearly 150 graduates from Griffith High School walked across the stage to get the diplomas they worked over a decade to receive. Each student was also handed a yellow carnation — an extra symbol of celebration the school board of trustees started last year with the modified graduation for the class of 2020.