Seniors Bid Farewell in July Commencement

Graduation had been delayed for than two months due to pandemic

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Graduates throw their caps into the air and celebrate at the end of the commencement ceremony.

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While it may have come two months late, the Class of 2020 was not going to miss this final opportunity. Seniors gathered together one more time for graduation on July 25 at the St. Charles Family Arena. Not even a global pandemic could stop them from that cherished moment of walking across the stage.

Seniors were required to wear masks and sat in chairs that were spaced apart on the arena floor and family members were socially distanced in the stands. The event was livestreamed on the Family Arena’s Youtube account for those who were unable to attend the event.

Principal Mr. Nelson welcomed the graduates and their families. He appreciated their patience as the school personnel worked hard to honor seniors’ hard work and dedication as students.

“I recognize you have missed many opportunities to come together and celebrate this spring, but know our hearts have been with you and your families during this most difficult time,” Nelson said.

English teacher Mrs. Tarrant-Oliphant delivered the keynote address. She was selected by seniors to deliver the speech. She was honored to be the speaker, but most of all proud to be their teacher.

“Here you are…masked, beautiful, preparing to conquer the world with the support of all those that know and love you,” Mrs. T.O. said while smiling to the graduates.

No matter how our time at Liberty ended, there is no denying the magnitude of the opportunities that these last four years have created for us. I can say with assurance that we are more than ready to tackle our goals because of the knowledge we have been given and tools we have earned.”

— Aimee Weber, senior graduation speaker

She encouraged seniors to remember to be kind, that laughter heals all wounds and one final slice of wisdom that brought a chuckle from the crowd.

“Listen to me closely. You will have to explain everything you do to your own children someday. There is a plethora of video and photographic evidence of your shenanigans. Choose wisely my friends. Choose wisely.”

Aimee Weber (12) was the senior speaker and said she has dreaded her last day at Liberty for four years now.

“There is a part of all of us that will miss the beautiful Liberty sunrises and the countless trips to Q.T. that has gotten us through the early mornings,” she said.

Weber said she will miss the many school activities and the people at Liberty.

“No matter how our time at Liberty ended, there is no denying the magnitude of the opportunities that these last four years have created for us,” she said. “I can say with assurance that we are more than ready to tackle our goals because of the knowledge we have been given and tools we have earned.”