DANVILLE — Tradition was maintained at Danville High School: Graduation was hot.
With the audience filling the stands using programs for fans, the 48 graduates of the class of 2012 received their diplomas. The commencement address was given by history teacher and girls’ softball coach Michael Beheler, who promised the audience he would keep it short.
Speaking on the “Past, Present and Future,” Beheler said he was sure they have been spending the day talking about things they’ve done in the school years. They have probably smiled, laughed and shook their heads and wondered “Why did I do that?”
In his classes, he said, probably every student has asked him “What are we going to do with this?” The pat answer, he said, is to learn from our mistakes.
That answer also goes for life.
“If you have a ball go between your legs three times, you know you’re doing something wrong” and need to change.
In school, he said, some students learn to work hard; some do just enough to get by. He was in the latter class and when he encountered trouble in college, he had to change his ways.
He also gave some reassuring advice. You may think you have your life planned, but many will change their plans, or change jobs, in the years to come.
Do not be alarmed, he said. In his circle of 10 closest friends from college, he was the only one who didn’t change majors. One changed six times.
For now, he said, enjoy yourselves, party with your friends, thank your parents and family for their support and “make lots of money this summer because books are expensive.”
Valedictorian Katie Addair referred to the Skittles ad “Taste the Rainbow” and told her classmates that they were the rainbow, “the most colorful assortment of Skittles known to man.”