Nokomis Graduates Celebrate Commencement


With “pomp and circumstance,” Nokomis High School  celebrated the graduation of nearly 50 seniors on Saturday evening, May 29, in the high school gym.

Led by junior marshals Emma Hill and Karlie Wanger, seniors processed to their seats during the playing of “Pomp and Circumstance.” Programs were passed out by Alexa Greff and Baylee Cessaretti.

NHS Principal Rachelle McDowell welcomed everyone to the ceremony. She introduced Honor Student Delaney Joann Keiser and Salutatorian Maia Casterline, who gave remarks during the program.

McDowell also recognized 23 honor graduates as well as those students who have enlisted with the military.

In making her remarks to the class, Valedictorian Kristen Stauder talked about the challenges her classmates faced in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, but also the perseverance they showed in finishing their high school careers in unusual circumstances.

McDowell then presented members of the graduating class to walk across the stage. Each student was handed a diploma by Chad Ruppert, president of the Nokomis School Board.

Before finishing the reading of the names, McDowell read Kaden Reynolds, who passed away in December 2019, but would have graduated with the class of 2021. Reynolds received a standing ovation from his classmates and those in attendance at graduation.

This year’s program was offered via live stream on the district’s YouTube account for those who could not attend in person. 

As McDowell presented the class, confetti and hats flew in the air. Students left the gym during the recessional.


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