A final piece of advice for SM East grads: ‘Remember, it’s always great to be a Lancer’

The new SM East graduates throw their caps into the air after making the transition.
The new SM East graduates throw their caps into the air after making the transition.

On a chilly Wednesday night, the 384 new graduates of SM East High School heard a few final pieces of advice from Principal John McKinney. And among his final admonitions came the familiar refrain: “Remember, it’s always great to be a Lancer.”

“Now it’s up to you,” McKinney told the graduates, “show the world what you can do.”

“I will never stop believing that this is the greatest school on earth,” said senior class president Spencer Frank. He reminded fellow graduates that the class had made it a “school of champions.”

McKinney said the graduates “made it look easy” getting through high school. A number of SM East teachers who are retiring at the end of the year were honored during the graduation ceremonies.

After the tassels were turned, caps flew into the air and the 384 filed out of SM South stadium and into the next phase of life.

The new graduates turn their tassels.
The new graduates turn their tassels.
A sea of blue covered the field.
A sea of blue covered the field.
Graduates wait for photos after receiving diplomas.
Graduates wait for photos after receiving diplomas.
Frequent PV Post contributor Daniel M. Blom files onto the field with fellow graduates.
Frequent PVPost contributor Daniel M. Blom files onto the field with fellow graduates.
Band director Kim Harrison conducts his last processional over three decades before retiring this year.
Band director Kim Harrison conducts his last processional over three decades before retiring this year.