FREMONT — Sixty-six Fremont High School graduates accepted their degrees and a license to the future on Sunday in the high school gym.
“Each of you will go on to do something that changes the world,” said National Honor Society President Erin Frain in closing remarks.
Around two thirds of the class stood when asked if they had been Fremont Community Schools students since kindergarten.
“We’ve seen so much change,” said Salutatorian Kenneth McClung. “I will have no choice but to look to an unknown future. I will have no choice but to change.”
McClung talked about the changes that happen around students and the changes that happen within them. He encouraged them to “choose to be positive instead of negative.” Sometimes, he said, the changes people make within themselves “cause the greatest changes in others.”
He asked his classmates what mark they wanted to leave.
Valedictorian Jonna Bruney harked to Walt Disney — the father of the modern entertainment industry. Disney said, “If you can dream it, you can do it.”
She asked her classmates to recall their childhood fancies and dreams and push to set their goals into action. “Strive to make your dreams a reality each day,” she said, adding that one should never let mistakes define the future.
“Believing is half way to succeeding,” Bruney said.
Bruney and McClung’s speeches accentuated the class motto: “In the end, we only regret the chances we didn’t take, relationships we are afraid to have and the decisions we waited too long to make.”