WOODBURY - About 450 students crossed the stage and became graduates at East Ridge High School's commencement ceremony, which took place Sunday, June 2, in "The Perch," the school's gymnasium.

Student body president Evelyn Nadarliyska was one of two student speakers. Her address focused on the value of memories and lessons learned and how her fellow graduates could use them going forward.

"We've actually made it, and we're actually going to go somewhere with everything we've learned here in high school," Nadarliyska said. "I think in that moment ... we realized that it all came together in more ways than we thought: all those sleepless nights of homework or sports or extracurriculars, it all made us into the people we (are) today."

The other student, McCrossen Schiller, was chosen by the senior class and spoke about the outpouring of support he had received in the past year since the death of his mother. The central theme of his speech was "Be kind."

The ceremony also included a speech from English teacher Kevin McNeill and performances from the East Ridge band, orchestra and choirs.