For the first time since 2019, Carbondale Area held its annual commencement ceremony inside the Maureen Mussari Kania Memorial Auditorium to celebrate the Class of 2023 on Friday, June 2, 2023. The evening started with a parade around downtown Carbondale. The seniors then met in the high school and processed into the auditorium. They were greeted by school administration, board directors, faculty, family, and friends.
Students processed into the auditorium to “Pomp and Circumstance.” Jacob Berg and Aiden Smedley, Eagle Scouts, took charge of the Presenting of the Colors. Mr. Lawrence Gabriel III, Assistant Principal, welcomed everyone. Jamar Kizer then sang the National Anthem and led all in attendance in the Pledge of Allegiance.
Salutatorian Julia Murphy and Valedictorian Brian Repsher addressed their classmates, encouraging them to look towards the future and to dream big. Mr. Joseph Caviston III, Carbondale Area Class of 2004, gave his commencement address to the class and advice on how to be happy and successful.
Audrey Cobb, Senior Class President, passed on the mantle to Junior Class President Natalie Skeba. Afterwards, Mr. Joseph Farrell, High School Principal, and Mrs. Megan Ruggiero, Director of Guidance, presented the students who were awarded the Ruth Giles Schroeder Scholarship. Those recipients were: Julia Murphy, Robert Constantine, Gia Mark, Shauna Durst, Chase Arthur, Emma Monahan, and Brycen Kelly.
Mr. Farrell presented the Class of 2023 to the Superintendent of Schools, Mrs. Holly Sayre, and certified they have fulfilled all requirements to earn a High School Diploma in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Dr. Gary Smedley, School Board President, presented the diplomas to the class. The students celebrated their achievement and processed out to “Good Old Days.”
Congratulations and best of luck in your future endeavors to the Class of 2023! #OnceAChargerAlwaysACharger