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21:14 Processional
29:11 Opening Remarks - Principal Aponte
32:17 America the Beautiful - South High Orchestra and Choir
37:22 Lift Every Voice - Antoine Ferguson
38:58 Ojibwe Traveling song - David Bezh Butler and Sydney Nelson 
42:58 Welcome -Principal Aponte 
44:50 Greetings from the Board - MPS Director Said Ali
46:50 Presentation of Valedictorian Medals - Assistant Principals Mercedes Reynolds, Michael Luseni
49:30 South High Rouser Aaron Vanek, Class Secretary
51:05 Commencement Address - Kelly Barnhill '92
58:50 Teacher Appreciation Address -Sagal Muktar, Class Vice President
1:02:31 Class Address - Nadine Stodolka, Class President
1:08:11 Presentation of Diplomas - Class of 2017
1:44:47 Presentation of the Class of 2017 - Principal Aponte


South High Class of 2017

South High welcomed back 1992 alum and acclaimed author Kelly Barnhill, winner of the 2017 Newbery Medal. She delivered a commencement address celebrating South as "wondrously strange," a quality she credits with developing empathy, uncertainty, inventiveness and curiosity as tools for success. Barnhill is not only winner of the highest award in children's literature, she is mother to SHS student, Cora and newly minted grad, Ella '17. For details, see commencement program pages as final images of the photo gallery/slideshow. Also see "full size image" option, lower right.