As of Friday, nearly five dozen Loudoun teens are saying goodbye to high school and setting their sights on college and the real world.
The Loudoun County Public School system graduated 59 seniors Friday morning as part of its summer school commencement ceremony at Potomac Falls High School. Proud families of students from Broad Run, Briar Woods, Heritage, John Champe, Loudoun County, Park View, Potomac Falls, Riverside, Rock Ridge, Stone Bridge and Tuscarora High Schools watched as their sons and daughters shook hands with their respective principals and grabbed the diplomas they’d been working toward for the last four years of their lives.
After opening remarks from Potomac Falls Summer School Principal Allan Edwards, Nyah Hamlett, the school system’s chief of staff, delivered the commencement address, pointing out five pieces of valuable advice the graduates should latch onto—to continue to be resilient; that humility, empathy and vulnerability take courage to exhibit; to maintain a “healthy skepticism” and challenge the status quo; to know the difference between thinking and believing; and to resist living their lives solely on social media.
“You are forever students of life, but this morning, you are graduates,” Hamlett told the grads. “Go forth, engage the world and solve real world problems.”
Friday’s 59 graduates account for 1 percent of the 6,398 Loudoun seniors who graduated earlier this summer.