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McDade ISD shares graduation video

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    Graduating senior Alyssal Johnson (left) shakes hands with superintendent Barbara Marchbanks (right). Images courtesy of McDade ISD
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    Valedictorian Raul Ramirez delivers his graduation speech, which was recorded and played for his classmates as they completed their graduation ceremony.

Last week, McDade ISD released a video showing their unique graduation ceremony this year.

Due to COVID-19, they held a graduation ceremony for each of the graduating seniors one at a time in multiple rooms. First, they watch videos of the valedictorian and salutatorian and their senior video, then they walk the stage in the gymnasium.

The video, shared on McDade ISD’s Facebook page, included speeches from salutatorian Anthony Ricardez and valedictorian Raul Ramirez.

Ricardez spoke about the obstacles and struggles that he and his classmates have faced and overcome without giving up.

“We aren’t the same kids who entered high school four years ago,” he said. “We all have grown, we all have become better versions of ourselves. And now, it is time for each and every one of us to take our memories and the lessons that we have learned along the way to help us on our new journey ahead of us.”

Ramirez began his speech by thanking his family and the teachers and staff members at McDade ISD. “I would have never thought that March would be our last month together,” he said. “We all wish we had the chance to say our goodbyes and give a warm hug. Nonetheless, I’m grateful for the opportunity to share a few words with you now.”

Ramirez gave his classmates some words of advice and encouraged them to remember the great memories they’ve made together.

“I would have never imagined graduating like this, but things happen,” he said. “This is the end for us, and now we will go our separate ways. We will take on different challenges, and many things will get in our way. However, do not let that stop you.”

The video shows each of McDade’s 15 graduates walk across the stage in front of their four guests, receive their diploma from McDade ISD Superintendent Barbara Marchbanks and school board president Mark Dube, then move their tassel to the other side of their graduation cap to symbolize their accomplishment.