Dressed in blue and white caps and gowns, they became alumni of Fruitport Community Schools at the L.C. Walker Arena in downtown Muskegon on Friday.
Fruitport High School Principal Lauren Chesney offered the graduates five pieces of advice as they move to the next step of their lives. She encouraged them to be thankful, follow their hearts, take time for face-to-face conversations, admit mistakes and believe they can make a difference.
"No matter what, if you believe you can make a difference, you will," Chesney said.
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In a Tribune survey about post-secondary education that 114 Fruitport seniors recently completed, about 16 percent said they will achieve an associate's degree, 39 percent indicated they plan to receive a four-year degree and about 29 percent said they will receive a master’s degree. Once they complete their schooling, about 22 percent of the respondents said they will return to West Michigan and about 25 percent will live somewhere else in the state.
Wherever the future takes the graduates, Fruitport Community Schools Superintendent Bob Szymoniak reminded them that everything they do makes a change.
"Don't forget the small things can make a difference," he said.
School board President Betty Kinney encouraged the graduates to keep a sense of humor, surround themselves with people who challenge them, serve others, live generously and speak kindly.
“May God richly bless each and every one of you,” she said.
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