The 349 members of the Bethel Park High School Class of 2020 graduated in four separate back-to-back ceremonies on Saturday, June 13 at Bethel Park Stadium.
This change in tradition was necessitated by the Governor's orders that large groups be limited to 250 individuals to help to mitigate the spread of the COVID-19 virus.
Each ceremony featured its own speaker. Valedictorian Hannah Gold spoke at the First Ceremony, telling her classmates that Graduation is the culmination of their life's work to this point. She realized that the events surrounding the Coronavirus and the changes in schedule and routines helped the students to figure out who they are. "Perseverance and hard work have brought you here." She concluded by encouraging her classmates to "keep believing."
Salutatorian Caleb Shook took the podium for the Second Ceremony. While he admitted he did not have all the answers about the meaning of life, he did know that every life has a purpose. He encouraged his classmates to find purpose by reflecting on the lessons they learned at Bethel Park, and to move into the future remembering how they got here and who helped them to get here.
During the Third Ceremony, Interim Superintendent Dr. Joseph Dimperio encouraged the students to "become a world citizen" and to "embrace work." He concluded his brief remarks by urging the students to continue to learn and not let anyone discourage them from learning.
Bethel Park High School Principal Dr. Zeb Jansante moved about the field during his Fourth Ceremony to congratulate the students and commend them for how they took what he termed as "something not so great" and turned it into "something meaningful." He asked the students to think of their families when they were making decisions and to choose the paths that would make their families proud. He also encouraged them to continue to help others.
During the Fourth Ceremony Senior Class President Marissa Haunn put an exclamation point on the Ceremony, mentioning many of the unique things that happened to the students throughout their careers at Bethel Park High School and wishing them the best in the future.
This year, 10 students will be pursuing careers in the military, including the United States Marine Corps, Army ROTC, Air Force Academy, West Point Military Academy, the United States Army, the Merchant Marines and the Marine Reserves. Leading the special recognition ceremony for the military graduates was 1975 BPHS Graduate, Retired Army General Mark Bellini.
Leading the Tassel Ceremonies were National Honor Society President John Gummo, Dr. Jansante, Principals Advisory Council for Students President Jessica Abraham and Student Government President Lily Wilson, respectively.
This year 62% of the students graduated with Honors (QPA of 3.50 and higher). Of those students, 39 graduated with Honors (3.55-3.749); 75 graduated with High Honors (3.75-3.999) and 102 graduated with Highest Honors (4.0 or higher).
The Class of 2020 also includes 85 National Honor Society members (3.85 QPA or higher) and five National Merit Scholarship Commended Students. The Class of 2020's average SAT score of 1,127 is 45 points higher than the State average and 68 points higher than the National average.
Also, 84% of this year's graduates will attend a 4 year college or university; 9% will attend a two year college and 3% will attend a trade/technical school or participate in an apprenticeship. The remaining students will either participate in the military or join the work force. To see a list of the Class of 2020's Future Plans, please click on the link below.
Congratulations, Class of 2020! Best wishes to you in the future! We look forward to hosting a special One Year Reunion for you next spring on campus to catch up with everything you have been doing. Please continue to make us proud!
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to see a time lapse video of the Commencement Ceremonies!