Frances Cheely says she barely slept the night before her graduation from T.W. Josey Comprehensive High School.
She woke up at 7:20 a.m. Sunday, with nothing much to do before her ceremony that evening besides find a pair of high heels to go with her gold gown.
She drove to Southgate, bought a pair of black pumps and was so nervous she forgot to eat before meeting friends backstage at James Brown Arena.
“I couldn’t sleep; I couldn’t eat; I’m just so happy and nervous and anxious,” Cheely said as she waited backstage. “And now my feet hurt.”
About 180 seniors received diplomas from Josey Sunday, with hundreds of friends and family filling the bleachers at the Arena.
Math teacher Kim Lovett said graduation is an exciting time but a day that makes it hard to part with students.
The event means change, but valedictorian Keturah D. Mingledolph said it’s an opportunity to go out and change the world.
As the class of 2012 leaves Josey, they are also starting a new beginning.
“Our past accomplishments have not done us justice,” Mingledolph said. “We are capable of greater things, so why stop here?”
Sandra Bennett said watching her niece, Khadijah Avery, grab her diploma was a reminder of what a
precious tool education can be.
“They can take everything from you, but they can’t take away your education,” Bennett said. “Education is key.”