Commencement for the Class of 2019 was held Tuesday, June 11th. Listed below are a collection of documents, photos, and news articles capturing memories of the grads' special day. 

Posing for a picture prior to Commencement were Director of Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment Stephanie Ziegmont, Valedictorian Morgan Cole, Salutatorian Brooklynn Kuijpers, Class President Jadyn Brezinski, Board of Education President Mike Yeager (back) Superintendent Paul Caputo, Elementary Principal John Fetterman, High School Principal Jim Becker, Director of Special Education Jenn Snyder, and Middle School Principal Bill Callahan.

"When I was thinking about what made our class memorable, I immediately thought about all of the many achievements my classmates have earned. In a lot of ways, we are all very different, some of us are exceptional at athletics, while
others excel in the classroom. Some of us have musical talents unlike anything we’ve seen before, and others are amazingly artistic. These differences may have seemed like barriers to some, but to our class, they were opportunities to support one another and to grow as people." Salutatorian Brooklynn Kuijpers
 
"First, I would like to say thank you to all of the family and friends that have joined us tonight in celebration of the class of 2019. I would like to take this opportunity to ask my fellow classmates to take a moment and look those around you. There’s no doubt that we are a talented group of individuals – composed of scholars, athletes, artists, actors, actresses, musicians, craftsmen, and everything in-between. More important than talent, however, is the kindness, respect, and unmatched work ethic that this class has embodied during our time at Southern Columbia."- Valedictorian Morgan Cole
 
"As you move ahead, remember that your backpack is filled with things that will help you on your way. You take with you all the knowledge and skills you've learned at Southern Columbia. You take the loving advice you have received from your parents and family. You take the lessons you've learned from your experiences. Most importantly, when you leave here this evening, you take with you a piece of all the people who have nurtured you, cared for you, and encouraged you to always do your best." Class of 2019 President Jadyn Brezinski
 
 
Honor Graduates
Students who complete ninth, tenth, eleventh, and twelfth grade with a 95% or higher average are recognized as honor students at graduation.  The following 37 members of the Class of 2019 earned this distinction:
 
Hanna Davis: daughter of Renee and Brian Davis 
Attending: Bucknell University 
Major: Biology
 
Maria Maresca: daughter of Nicole and Gregory Maresca Attending: Shippensburg University 
Major: Undeclared 
 
Kari Cambria: daughter of Kristin and Stephen Cambria 
Attending: Millersville University 
Major: Biology 
 
Caitlyn Lichtel: daughter of Kelly and David Lichtel 
Attending: York College 
Major: Nursing 
 
Ethan Knoebel: son of Mary and Trevor Knoebel 
Attending: St Francis University 
Major: Business Administration 
 
Lindsey Kerstetter: daughter of Sharon and Kollyn Kerstetter 
Attending: Bloomsburg University 
Major: Environmental Geoscience 
 
Marley Seger: daughter of Michelle and Brad Seger 
Attending: Bloomsburg University 
Major: Education (Secondary English) 
 
Haley Scopelliti: daughter of Kim and Joseph Scopelliti 
Attending: Bucknell University 
Major: Engineering (Mechanical) 
 
Connor McGinley: daughter of Beth and Sean McGinley 
Attending: Susquehanna University 
Major: Pre-Law 
 
Viktoria Romania: daughter of Loreen and Gregory Romania 
Attending: Bloomsburg University 
Major: Studio Art and Graphic Design 
 
Sarah Rodriguez: daughter of Kay and Anthony Rodriguez 
Attending: Bloomsburg University 
Major: Nursing 
 
Emma Steely: daughter of Anita and Jay Steely 
Attending: Penn State University 
Major: Environmental Resource Management 
 
Cassandra Sharrow: daughter of Bridget and Bradley Sharrow 
Attending: Millersville University 
Major: Animal Behavior 
 
Jillian Dunkelberger: daughter of Tammy Dunkelberger and Anthony Dunkelberger 
Attending: Bloomsburg University 
Major: Nursing 
 
Seth Pletcher: son of Gayle and Keith Pletcher 
Attending: Bucknell University 
Major: Engineering (Chemical) 
 
Samantha Palacz: daughter of Kathleen and John Palacz 
Attending: Joseph F. McCloskey School of Nursing 
Major: Nursing 
 
DeeDee George: daughter of Nancy George and Jack Yanchak 
Attending: Juniata College 
Major: Zoology 
 
Jillian Marks: daughter of Jami and John Marks 
Attending: Bucknell University 
Major: Environmental Engineering 
 
Carly Britch: daughter of Tresa and Chris Britch 
Attending: Susquehanna University 
Major: Business Administration 
 
Alec Sharrow: son of Polly and Thomas Sharrow 
Attending: Bloomsburg University 
Major: Computer Science 
 
Calista Noll: daughter of Roseann and David Noll 
Attending: Bucknell University 
Major: Mechanical Engineering 
 
Meghan Longenhagen: daughter of Regina Adams and Marc Longenhagen 
Attending: Bloomsburg University 
Major: Exercise Science 
 
Jared Ebersole: son of Vicki and Scott Ebersole 
Attending: Susquehanna University 
Major: Engineering and Computer Science 
 
Haleigh Carter: daughter of Janel and Aron Carter 
Attending: Millersville University 
Major: Education (Secondary Spanish) 
 
Gabriella Kaminski: daughter of Wanda and Jonathan Kaminski 
Attending: James Madison University 
Major: International Business 
 
Kortney Fashold: daughter of Melissa Fashold and Brian Fashold 
Attending: Bloomsburg University 
Major: Chemsitry 
 
Colt Bernhard: son of Lisa and Ronald Bernhard 
Attending: Penn State University 
Major: Electrical Engineering 
 
Jadyn Brezinski: daughter of Jane and Robert Brezinski 
Attending: Susquehanna University 
Major: Communications 
 
Autumn Chassie: daughter of Leslie Mudrock and Michael Chassie 
Attending: Gettysburg College 
Major: Political Science 
 
Alexandra Willhouse: daughter of Kelly Streff and Spencer Willhouse 
Attending: Muhlenberg College 
Major: Theatre and Communications 
 
Susan Gembic: daughter of Stephanie Wise and John Gembic 
Attending: Juniata College 
Major: Chemistry and Studio Art 
 
Nicole Kerststter: daughter of Stephanie Weikel and Mike Kerstetter 
Attending: Pennsylvania College of Technology 
Major: Architectural Technology 
 
Kaitlyn McHale: daughter of Kara and Richard McHale 
Attending: Susquehanna University 
Major: Graphic Design and Psychology 
 
Allyson Leiby: daughter of Tammy and Mitchell Leiby 
Attending: Penn State University 
Major: Health and Human Development 
 
Troy Donlan: son of Lisa and Thomas Donlan 
Attending: St Francis University 
Major: Engineering 
 
Salutatorian 
Brooklynn Kuijpers: daughter of Suzanne Kuijpers and Eric Kuijpers. 
Attending: Susquehanna University 
Major: Undeclared 
 
Additionally,  Brooklynn received the Salutatorian Scholarship (sponsored by the Burant Family in honor of Alexander & Keenan Burant – both SCA Salutatorians). 
 
Valedictorian 
Morgan Cole: daughter of Heidi and Gordan Cole 
Attending: University of Michigan  
Major: Biochemistry 
 
Additionally, Morgan received the Frederick A. Morris Achievement Award, given by UNB Bank to Southern Columbia’s Valedictorian. 
 

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