White Hall High School’s graduating class of 2013 filled the Pine Bluff Convention Center on Thursday evening in full commencement regalia.
Two-hundred twenty-four seniors stood just outside the arena and eagerly waited to enter and begin the ceremonies.
The WHHS Band played the traditional “Pomp and Circumstance” and the graduates proceeded to their seats while being looked upon by friends and family.
After a prayer was spoken by honor graduate Elizabeth Bridgforth, Alyssabeth Holland, also an honor graduate, welcomed those in attendance. Administrators and school board members also were introduced.
The evening’s message came from the two top-ranked students in the class.
Valedictorian Kathryn Theriot spoke to her classmates as she reminisced on her time at WHHS and wished the seniors well in their future endeavors.
“Our days at White Hall High School have shaped us in ways we are only beginning to understand,” Theriot said. “Our fond experience will always be a part of us.”
Theriot encouraged her fellow graduates by saying, “Get out there and make a difference, succeed beyond your wildest dreams, and help those that walk alongside you succeed as well.”
Salutatorian Courtney Hunter, also talked about the good times she had at WHHS.
“The memories made over the years are irreplaceable,” Hunter said.
She then told classmates: “No matter what you chose to do, never stop learning.”
Hunter wished the class well and ended her speech with a final shout-out of “Go Bulldogs!”
One by one the graduates proudly walked on stage to receive their diplomas and move their tassels from right to left to signify this accomplishment.