Southwestern High School’s graduating seniors were a close-knit group, as was evidenced in the speeches given by several class members during yesterday afternoon’s commencement ceremony.

Senior class president Guy Tribble said graduation day should not be a sad experience. As he and his classmates moved on to adulthood, he noted, the sad part was that they would not get to go through it all together.

Tribble said he had known some of his classmates since preschool — and most of them since sixth grade. Experiencing the ups and downs over the years, together, had caused the class to form a bond.

“We came out of high school in ‘07,” he said.

“We have a bond. ... We went through it all together.”

Co-valedictorian Molly Merrick said the class was “a class that would hardly be complete without each and every one of you.”

Southwestern’s class of 2007 boasted 230 graduates, a record-breaking 31 of whom obtained grade point averages of 3.8 or higher. Twelve graduates received Commonwealth Diplomas.

Also given special recognition during yesterday’s ceremony in the Southwestern High School gymnasium were five graduates who are planning to serve in the military — two in the National Guard, two in the U.S. Navy, and one in the U.S. Air Force.

“It has been an honor to work with these students for these past four years,” Principal Boyd Randolph said to the crowd.

“We must now send these students to the next phase of their lives with the tools ... to achieve what they’re destined to achieve.”

Class salutatorian BJ Hardy said he and his classmates were full of dreams and desires.

“As Warriors,” he said, referring to the school’s mascot, “we are on the warpath to fulfill our dreams.”

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