Despite poor weather, Panther graduates walk at ceremony Lecanto grads honored

Julie Gorham / Citrus Chronicle

Under dark clouds, the roar of almost 350 Panther graduates took over Lecanto High School’s football field Tuesday evening as each celebrated their past achievements with a strong hope for the future.

Draped in flowing dark-green gowns, caps and golden tassels, the Lecanto High School Class of 2017 entered the field as enthusiastic families and friends whistled and blew air horns, despite Florida’s finicky weather threatening to shorten the celebration.

The school’s senior chorus performed the national anthem as clouds passed by, whipping up a stiff breeze and cooling the eager graduates.

The order of the ceremony was switched due to the threat of storms, with roll call coming first. Each graduate proudly made the ceremonial walk, stepping into a new chapter of life.

After the roll call, visionary speaker Kimberly Higgins remarked, “Everything changes after tonight.

“As we get ready to walk across the stage, move our tassels to the other side, and move to the next part of our lives, let us remember it’s up to us to create the life we desire, and we have every bit of power and ability to do so,” Higgins said. “We’ve done so much here, and we will continue to do so much good for ourselves, the people around us, and the rest of the world.”

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