Tassles to the left: 2014 graduation ceremonies already sweet remembrances
With cameras clicking and video rolling to capture moments intended to be remembered, proud parents looked on as each of their high school graduates on stage was presented with a diploma followed by the graduation cap tassle’s move to the left. This was just the other day for Fort Bend Independent School District (FBISD), Stafford Municipal School District, and also for graduates from Spring Branch Independent School District, all ceremonies covered Star Digital Studios.
Inspiring the graduates with positive messages about their futures, words of wisdom were shared at the Toyota Center on June 6 and 7, where the 11 graduating classes of Fort Bend ISD took over the arena, the home of the Houston Rockets. Parents, family and friends entering on La Branch and Jackson Street beamed with excitement as they were about to witness the educational rite of passage of over 5,000 students about to begin another chapter of their bright futures.
Stafford High School’s graduation at Constellation Field on June 6th , concurrently with the first set of FBISD graduations, turned out to be a picture perfect outdoor event. Parents and other attendees could be seen at the stadium with their wood-paddled memento fans and programs in hand ready to see their favorites of the 220 graduates. At Spring Branch ISD, those ceremonies on May 31st and June 2nd took place at the Don Coleman Coliseum operated by the school district, where over 2,000 graduates received their diplomas. Their biggest graduating class was Memorial High School with almost 650, rivaling FBISD’s largest graduating classes, 620 from Clements, 600 from Dulles, and 570 from Travis.
Memorable quotes like “It is what you learn after you know it all that counts” by John Wooden were woven into words of encouragement, like those from Ralph Marston –
“Excellence is not a skill. It is an attitude.” Stafford High School’s 2014 Commencement Exercise guest speaker, 1995 StaffordHigh School graduating senior, Dr. David Uptmore called the graduation “a landmark moment,” the top of one mountain, he said. Dr. Uptmore’s connection with Stafford High School includes his having met his future wife there. Graduating at the top of his class from the University of Texas Medical School, his encouragement to the graduates centered on determination and not passing up on opportunities. “Love your parents, take interest in their lives because you’ll never know when they will be taken away,” another part of a wholesome message as when he asked graduates to turn around and thank their parents, “a good picture moment.”
Consider a picture moment in motion as a keepsake with a DVD of one of these graduation ceremonies, captured in their entirety. Many of us probably wish we had one of ours.
Note: Elsa Maxey is the Executive Producer of Star Video Productions and may be reached at 281-690-4280.
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