With graduation recently behind us, we reflect on and celebrate our amazing school year! Our students have accomplished much and now they launch into the world, having learned the additional skills of adapting to unexpected life events.
The class verse was “We are clothed in strength and dignity. We laugh without fear of the future,” reads Proverbs 31:25. It was very fitting for this difficult year, but also an assurance for what they can count on in Christ.
SENIOR DEDICATION CEREMONY
Three seniors from the graduating class — Chloe Elie, Eden Addisu and Isaac Kraenbring — presented their speeches at the senior dedication, which was held Friday evening, June 4, 2021.
“When we leave this school tomorrow, we are all going to go out into the world and do different things, but what I want each and every one of you to realize is that every problem has a solution, it just needs one person to find it and fix it,” Elie said.
“As I look back at my time at LMH, through learning about many inspirational figures and interacting with those who are changing the world, one thing I’ve noticed all these people who are continuously changing the world share is their drive to love, their ability to take leaps of faith, and their determination to persevere,” Addisu said.
“Many of us are experiencing one of those complex emotions right now: the joy in sadness. We are joyful because we are graduating. We just completed 12 years of school, and we are now getting a piece of paper to prove it. We are sad because we just completed 12 years of school and now have to leave behind a very formative place,” Kraenbring said.
Hear snippets of their speeches by clicking the button below.
We were glad to hold the Commencement Ceremony outdoors on June 5 at 10am. It was a new venue, but provided a beautiful space for families and students to be together. This year our 87 graduating seniors sat in the bleachers and walk across the stage to receive their diplomas, then all stood in the center of the turf stadium field on the LM logo to throw their caps in celebration while friends and family looked on from the perimeter of the field’s circle.
Hyacinth Stevens, the commencement speaker, encouraged the graduating class to be “unhinged, untied and ready.” Stevens works for Mennonite Central Committee as the New York program director.
“I want to encourage you as you continue on the path that has been formed for you and that you are forming now,” Stevens said.
Special music was provided by the LMH Handbell Choir and the LMH Concert Band, and prayers with graduates by parent, Marilyn Diaz.
Lancaster Mennonite Principal Michael Charles addressed the Class of 2021, “Yours is a historic graduating class, and you will forever remember and share that your junior and senior years took place during a global pandemic,” Charles said. “Nurture curiosity and creativity. Empower lifelong learning. And then together you will change the world. Congratulations, Class of 2021.”
Thank you to all the faculty, administration, board members, parents and volunteers for a beautiful event! Thank you to Olivia’s Flower truck for providing the gorgeous yellow roses presented to each graduate!
Enjoy the photos of our recent Commencement Activities celebrating our graduating seniors. We are so proud of you Class of 2021!
And as Chloe shared in her speech, “Be bright, be bold, be unique and most of all be you!“