On Sunday, June 5, River Falls High School held its graduation ceremony. The ceremony graduated 297 students.

The ceremony began with students filing into the gymnasium. School Board President Stacy Meyers opened the ceremony by welcoming and congratulating the graduating class.

After a vocal presentation of Shawn Kichner’s “I’ll Be On My Way” two students spoke on behalf of the class. 

Eric Luebke and Emily Odegard spoke for the class, reflecting on their time at the school. Odegard spoke first, thanking teachers for their commitment to education during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Thank you for believing in us and lighting the spark igniting our passions,” Odegard said.

In his speech, Luebke spoke about the future.

“With growth comes real power to make change happen,” Luebke said.

Superintendent Jamie Benson gave the congratulatory comments to the class before the distribution of the diplomas began.

Each student that crossed the stage was greeted with cheering from friends and family in the audience. 

After students received their diplomas Principle Kit Luedtke gave the closing remarks. Luedtke, speaking with tears in his eyes and a shaky voice, delivered his final thoughts about the Class of 2022.

“This is a home for you always. Never forget you have a home here at River Falls, no matter what,” he said.

All photos are courtesy of Sue Halling.

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