It was a mixture of old and new traditions at the Morgan High School 2012 commencement. For the first time, the ceremony was held at the Dee Event Center in Ogden. Graduates were able to have their entire family join in the celebration as they begin this new phase of their lives. The spacious auditorium offers room to grow for the high school as the years progress, should the school decide to continue ceremonies at the new venue.
Many traditions continued, however. The graduates and their guests heard from students and administrators who congratulated them on their accomplishments and challenged them to look to the future. There was also the traditional talk about the antics of students throughout their education including a story of a fire in a restroom causing a school evacuation.
All of the members of the school board were on hand to congratulate the students on their accomplishments. Principal Murdock received many kisses from students (the Hershey kind) and a few colorful leis about his neck in appreciation from the students for his service and leadership.
The evening in Morgan after graduation followed tradition with the lighting of the M and with Operation Graduation. Students were able to put the new Century Center to use as they enjoyed one another’s company for a final time and were able to win many prizes including a laptop and mini refrigerators to prepare them for their college experience.
One new tradition that was established and that many hope will continue is the crowd of family that was nearly five times what could be present at the high school auditorium. Family and friends cheered the graduates as they were presented to the school board.
It seemed a good blend of old tradition and new. A facility to match the growth of Morgan, the excellence of education that has become a hallmark of Morgan schools, the “M” lighting the night sky, and most important of all, the students who moved to the next phase of their lives after a successful education experience.