Bobcat graduates celebrated at Commencement Ceremony

Members of the Class of 2022 make their grand entrance at Leonard Cole Field to open Sunday’s Commencement Ceremony.

Hundreds of Bobcats stepped into life’s next chapter at the Class of 2022 Commencement Ceremony on Sunday.

For the second year in a row, the graduates walked across Leonard Cole Field to be celebrated by school leaders as their friends and families looked on from the bleachers. Many folks also tuned into the livestream of Sunday’s ceremony provided by KDAO.

Student speakers gave inspiring speeches to their fellow graduates, who were spread across the windswept football field. One of the speakers, Andrea Montes Melendez, said the welcoming, caring teachers and school staff at Marshalltown High School were key to her success in facing many challenges, including becoming proficient in English in just two years.

Andrea Montes Melendez gives an inspiring speech for her classmates and the gathered audience at the Commencement Ceremony. Fellow student speakers included Veronica Herrera, Jackson Matteson, and Noelani Berg.

“They were there for me, holding me up when I was frustrated or feeling a bit challenged,” she said of the MHS teachers and staff. “They kept me focused on my goal and reminded me to persevere.”

Fellow student speakers Veronica Herrera, Jackson Matteson, and Noelani Berg shared their own positive words and experiences with their peers. Several students teamed up to welcome the friends and family gathered view the ceremony – Emma Kuhlers greeted the audience in English, followed by Bianca Andrade in Spanish, Sadiv Lewo in French, and Eden Par in Hakha Chin.

Superintendent Dr. Theron Schutte said the Class of 2022 will bring top-quality education and experiences with them as they step into life after high school. He said he is confident this year’s graduates are Bobcat Ready – prepared to pursue success as they enter post-secondary education, join the workforce, or take whatever path they choose in life.

During the ceremony, special recognition was given to the record-breaking 19 dual-graduates, all of whom earned a college degree, diploma, or certificate in addition to their high school diploma. Another record-breaking group honored on Sunday were the 52 students who earned a Seal of Biliteracy, given to students who attain proficiency in two or more languages.

Several other special recognitions were given at Sunday’s Ceremony, including for students who plan to join the military, honor students, class officers, National Honor Society members, and students who earned a Silver Cord or Gold Cord. The students’ parents and guardians were also given special thanks.

Congratulations to the Class of 2022! You’ve accomplished great things throughout your time at the Marshalltown CSD – we can’t wait to see the future successes of this newest group of Bobcat alumni!

Check out more photos from the Bobcats Class of 2022 Commencement Ceremony below!