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Celebrating the Class of 2024

On Wednesday, June 5, 313 Unionville High School (UHS) graduates, surrounded by their families and friends, participated in Commencement at the University of Delaware’s Bob Carpenter Center.

“Class of 2024, this is your moment,” said UHS Principal Amy Jenkins. “Hard work, dedication and perseverance have brought you to this momentous occasion.” 

Jenkins commended the graduates for succeeding despite their challenges, including COVID-19 and the deaths of their classmates Emma Hill and Seth Wagner. 

During their time at UHS, the Class of 2024 accomplished many accolades. In addition to welcoming a new mascot, Lenny the Longhorn, they founded the Name Initiative, helped to fundraise hundreds of thousands for Four Diamonds and supported their classmates in auditorium seats and athletic stands. According to Jenkins, they also consumed more General Tso’s Chicken than any class in UHS history. 

Among them, approximately 90% will pursue a two- or four-year degree, some at locales as close as West Chester University and as far as University College Dublin. Others have plans for a career, including in the U.S. military. 

“We will keep changing every moment as we move on,” commented Morgan Chapman, a member of the Class of 2024, in her speech. “But we are all connected. We are all uniquely a part of each others’ lives.” 

Fellow speaker Lilly Zhang looked forward to the future. She advised students to remember the wisdom of Confucius. “What the saying translates to is that, with three people walking, there is always one teacher among them,” she reflected. “There is always something that can be learned from other people.” 

“Here’s to the Class of 2024, like sunlight, dispersing across the horizon,” ended speaker Sophia Cvijanovic, sharing her well-wishes for students. “May your impact be felt far and wide, bringing warmth, inspiration and a positive change to the world. May our dreams, goals and the brilliance that defines us continue to shine brightly.” 

Finally, UCFSD Superintendent John Sanville joined in on the celebrations.“Go forward with pride and determination to be successful,” he noted. “Work hard and more luck will come your way. Remember where you came from, but keep your eyes on the future. Congratulations Class of 2024!”

For now, school’s out for Summer. UCFSD looks forward to welcoming all for their first day of 2024-25 on Monday, August 26.