ThunderRidge High School's graduation began with a brief moment of silence for the individuals who could not be there, including Chris Tabeling. The school's former principal lost his battle with colon cancer in March.
“Graduates, although principal Tabeling could not be here today, I know in my heart, he is extremely proud of the confident men and women you have become and of your accomplishments during your time at TR,” acting principal Nikki Ballow said at the May 26 commencement ceremony.
Graduates sat in rows of seats in the center of the University of Denver's expansive indoor arena. Hundreds of families and friends occupied the surrounding stadium seats. The school district held the ceremony at the location because of its size, with enough seats for 5,000 people, and in case of inclement weather.
The graduating class will honor Tabeling with a mural at the front of the school building in Highlands Ranch.
“He may be gone too soon,” said class president Taylor White. “But he will always be remembered by all of the lives he touched.”
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