Williamsburg-James City County Schools Superintendent Steven M. Constantino was frank with graduates of Warhill High School on Saturday morning.
“Most of you only know me as the guy who cancels school when it snows,” he said. The graduates seated at William and Mary Hall burst into laughter. But then Constantino turned serious when offering advice for the future.
“Don’t waste any time looking back. Don’t waste a minute feeling sorry for yourself when something doesn’t work out the way you wanted it to,” he said. “Worry is a waste of energy. All of those wasted minutes will add up to a lifetime.”
Instead Constantino said, graduates should focus on the road ahead. “Explore, think, imagine discover,” he said.
Saturday’s ceremony was filled with moments of levity and words of inspiration and encouragement.
“Today we celebrate all you’ve accomplisehd as you’ve explored Warwhill and all the world around you,” principal Jeffrey Carroll said.
“Cherish these memories. Know well your successes, failures, lessons learned and how these experiences shaped who you are.”
The senior class of 2015 donated new audio equipment for the school’s auditorium as their class gift.
Lacroy Nixon, one of the class speakers, said graduates should ponder the impact they will make on the world. “My question is, how many people are better off because they met you?” he said.
Oleksandra Strakhova, who also served as a class speaker, said “we are ready to turn the page in this journey of our lives.”
“We will miss our teachers, staff, teams, clubs, and most of all things nacho day.”
The class giggled.