Rock Canyon High School graduates were ebulliant and acrobatic in picking up their diplomas during the ceremony to celebrate the Class of 2022 in Denver on May 19.
More than 550 seniors graduated from the Highlands Ranch high school this year and they gathered with friends and family at the Magness Arena to mark the end of their high school careers.
Rock Canyon High School Principal Megan Brown shared some details of the graduating class’s success so far, such as attending colleges and universities in 42 states and four other countries, receiving over $20 million in scholarships and seeing six graduates go on to serve in the military.
“Class of 2022 … this school will not be the same without you,” Brown said. “You revived traditions, establishes new ones, set records, stepped to as role models to the younger classes, all the whileplanning your futures that put you on so many roads in so many directions, but that all start at the corner of Monarch and MacArthur Ranch. You reminded us what it means to be a Jag.”
Graduate speakers Krish Kumar, Olivia Gallo and Allison Willner shared fond memories of their years at Rock Canyon and touched on advice for taking the next steps.
“Setting the tone of our hearts on gratitude will allow our future interactions to be full of love,” Gallo told the crowd. “Though the summer after senior year will be busy for many, I encourage you to focus on your perspective. Staying in perspective will allow you to be grateful in the present and love others well.”
The ceremony also included performances by Ripley Coope, Elena Song, Rachel Kim and the school bands and choir.
As students received their diplomas, they danced, backflipped, made quirky faces, hyped up the croud and patted themselves on the back. The audience was equally celebratory with air horns, rattles, bells, shouts, whistles and hollers.
Once all of the graduates’ names had been called, the black-gown crowd tossed up their caps with a cheer.
“Today marks the start of a new journey,” Kumar said in his speech. “Now, it’s your responsibility to use your new power as high school graduates to progress the communities around you and the world.”
As high school graduations continue to be held throughout the region, Rock Canyon High School beat the snow storm, hosting the 2022 celebration on May 19.
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