“Change happens,” said Augusta Christian Choral Director Chris Norris in his commencement address. “Life happens. How you handle it makes us the men and women we become.”
Norris, also music minister at West Acres, spoke to the 72 seniors about putting their lives in God’s hands as they move forward to their futures.
Valedictorian Amaura Brandt opted to play the violin rather than give a traditional speech to her fellow classmates. She played the hymn, Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus, and was accompanied by her brother on the piano.
The ceremony was both spiritual and congratulatory as hundreds filled the pews of the church.
Class vice president Danielle Mulherin said she is both excited and reluctant to start college at Kennesaw State University, where she plans to get a degree in nursing.
“It’s just kind of sad that we have to leave everything to go to college,” she said, quickly adding that she can’t wait to forge new friendships.
Jabari Odom, who played football at the school, said he felt the day was bittersweet.
“It’s kind of time for the next chapter,” said Odom, who will be pursuing a degree in nursing at Mercer University.