A well-rounded life devoid of excess is the framework of a happy existence, Provo Vocational High School Class of 1988 was told during commencement exercises.
Friends and relatives of the 29 graduating seniors filled the Brigham Young University Conference Center to overflowing Wednesday night, causing Rod Crockett, director of vocational and alternative education for the Provo School District, to promise a larger venue for next year's ceremonies.Although there was no commencement theme, a common reference in the remarks of all graduation speakers was the seniors' success in reaching their goal of graduation, despite the expectations of others and what may have seemed like long odds.
"We were worried that some of us might not make graduation," student body president Sharmel Larsen said tearfully. "But we all pushed and pulled each other and we somehow got here."
Principal Gregory A. Hudnall credited parents for their part in helping members of the Class of '88 reach their goal.
"You're the ones who dragged them out of bed in the morning. You're the ones who brought them to school and pushed them and had the faith that they could do. And you were right; they did it!" Hudnall told parents.
Walter A. Hansen, Provo Board of Education member, told the graduates they will have opportunities during their lifetimes far exceeding any given to past graduating classes.
"How far you and we advance will depend on how willing you are to give of yourselves to build on the heritage of the past," Hansen said.
Senior Jon Camera was awarded a $350 scholarship to Utah Valley Community College by the Golden K Kiwanis Club of Provo. Senior Julie Merrell was awarded a $200 scholarship by the school's PTA organization.