Graduation 2022

Hamburg High School students take part in the 2022 Commencement ceremony on Friday, May 20 at Campbell Field. 

Hamburg High School held its 2022 Commencement ceremony on Friday, May 20 at Campbell Field. Many friends and family of the 102 graduates were in attendance to watch the students finish this chapter of their lives and begin a new one.

The atmosphere throughout the crowd was light and relaxed, and the graduates seemed calm and happy, ready to progress to the next stage of their lives.

Mailynn Rodriguez spoke to the graduating class about the time they spent together, sharing with them a poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow which included the line, “Lives of great men all remind us we can make our lives sublime, and, departing, leave behind us, footprints on the sands of time.”  

Second in Class Lawson Towery gave a speech to his fellow graduates about looking back. Towery encouraged his classmates to reminisce fondly, as he recalled some memories he and his classmates shared. 

Lowery spoke about how exciting it was to be able to play in his band in the first school talent show since the pandemic. He closed out his speech with a quote from Johnny Cash: “Life and love go on—let the music play.”

First in Class Avery Martin addressed her peers with congratulations for making it to graduation. Martin told her classmates that their time in school had been “an opportunity to grow the relationships we will forever cherish.” 

Another highlight of the evening was when Hamburg School District Board of Directors President Suzanne Singleton presented Doretta Griffin with the Richie Emory Lifetime Achievement Award. 

Griffin spent 18 of her 36 years in education at Hamburg School District. 

Graduate Brianna Moore was given the leadership award, Mailynn Rodriguez received the citizenship award, and the Lion of the Year award was presented to Rahmir Baldwin. 

Hamburg School District Superintendent Tracy Streeter announced the individual scholarships each student would be receiving. 

The overall total received by the Hamburg High School class of 2022 was $1,156,036 in scholarships. 

The ceremony closed out on a sea of smiles amongst the graduates and in the crowd, with everyone trying to get to their loved ones for hugs and congratulations as quickly as possible.