NORMAN — Cheering parents celebrated 485 graduates Saturday afternoon at the Cox Convention Center with blowhorns and endearing shouts as students walked the stage to recieve their diplomas.
Sandwiched between Westmoore and Southmoore’s commencement ceremonies, Moore High School congratulated the Class of 2014 as the 114th class to graduate from MHS.
Ryan Johnston, Valedictorian, addressed his class with one big question- What’s next?
“Soon we will all be making the decisions that determine where this journey takes us next,” Johnston said. “And I wish you all the best in finding your way.”
Closing with a confident “Thank You,” Johnston’s speech set the theme for this year’s graduates as they move on into the “real world.”
Introducing the Board of Education officers and members, Mike Coyle, Principal of MHS, said it was with great honor he introduce these educational figures to the parents and students they help. “This is a group that continues to build upon the excellence of our students,” he said.
Coyle said he was proud of his students in all areas of success. More than 150 of Moore’s graduates recieved scholarships from various institutions, both in-state and out-of-state. Coyle said the total for these scholarships received exceeds $4.3 million.
But the success and determination of Moore’s students doesn’t stop there, Coyle said. In addition to academic success, various sports, such as basketball, softball, track and swimming have competed at state levels, and have also won academic awards within their teams.
Superintendent Dr. Robert Romines had just three words of advice for Moore’s graduates- “Dare to be.” As a former MHS graduate himself, he remembered when he sat in the very seats Saturday’s graduates sat in.
“I never thought I would grow up to be the superintendent of this great school,” he said.