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2018 McKinney ISD Graduation in Photos

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Shane Mauldin|
Tuesday, June 12, 2018
With the traditional toss of the graduation caps, the 2018 McKinney Boyd High School graduation comes to a close.

With the traditional toss of the graduation caps, the 2018 McKinney Boyd High School graduation comes to a close.

McKinney, Texas – When the authoritative voice of McKinney Boyd High School government teacher Randy Bilyeu boomed forth over the sound system at the Allen Event Center last Friday morning and called Trevor Nguyen forward, the 2018 Boyd Valedictorian stepped toward MISD Board President Curtis Rippee, shook his hand and received his diploma.

In doing so, Nguyen became the first in a long, winding train of MISD graduates that would span three commencement ceremonies and eventually reach its conclusion some 11 hours later when McKinney North High School announcer Kevin McPherson called the name of North senior Ruaya Adalberto Zamora Lagos.

In all, more than 1,700 McKinney ISD graduates received their diplomas on Friday, June 8.

The day began at 9 a.m. as “Pomp and Circumstance” heralded the entrance of Boyd’s graduates in striking, red robes. At one o’clock, the largest graduating class in McKinney High School history—nearly 700-strong—poured into the arena like a blue wave and were greeted with loud, heartfelt applause and cheers from the audience. The final commencement ceremony of the day began at 6 p.m. as the graduates from North marched into the arena wearing deep blue robes and bold, orange regalia and took their places under the lights of the Allen Event Center.

As beaming parents, friends and extended family looked on, graduates moved across the stage, one by one, shaking the hands of board members and MISD Superintendent Dr. Rick McDaniel. They waved at loved ones in the stands and stopped to pose for pictures with their principal. They strolled down the ramp and off the stage where there were more photos and hand-shaking as they made their way back to their seats.

It was a journey they began 13 years ago when they stood at the door of a kindergarten classroom for the first time.

On Friday, they found themselves standing at the edge of the graduation stage prepared for a new beginning. The school songs were sung, the caps flung into the air and these students entered the world of adulthood.

In the fall, a new group of kids will cross the thresholds of kindergarten classes all across MISD and join the long train of students who will one day, like the class of 2018, stand at the edge of the graduation stage waiting for their name to be called.

And, for this year’s class of graduates and all who follow after, we hope their journey is rich with success and marked by joy.

We hope you enjoy these photo sets from the commencement ceremonies of McKinney Boyd High School, McKinney High School and McKinney North High School.

McKinney Boyd High School

grads in line

The 2018 McKinney Boyd High School graduation ceremony was held at the Allen Event Center on June 8, 2018.

grads in line

2018 McKinney Boyd High School Graduation

conductor leading band

2018 McKinney Boyd High School Graduation

line of graduates

2018 McKinney Boyd High School Graduation

grads walking to seats

2018 McKinney Boyd High School Graduation

grads in rows smiling

2018 McKinney Boyd High School Graduation

at podium

Smriti Natarajan, 2018 McKinney Boyd High School Salutatorian

at podium tossing paper aside

Trevor Nguyen, the 2018 McKinney Boyd Valedictorian tosses aside his script at the beginning of his valedictorian address.

grad in seat laughing

2018 McKinney Boyd High School Graduation

McDaniel at podium

McKinney ISD Supt. Dr. Rick McDaniel at the 2018 McKinney Boyd High School Graduation

Bilyeu at table speaking into microphone

McKinney Boyd High School government teacher Randy Bilyeu announces student names at the 2018 Boyd graduation.

grads in line laughing

2018 McKinney Boyd High School Graduation

grad walking toward camera smiling

2018 McKinney Boyd High School Graduation

grads in line waiting for diploma

2018 McKinney Boyd High School Graduation

female grad smiling

2018 McKinney Boyd High School Graduation

Pierson with students smiling

Dr. Jennifer Pierson, Principal of McKinney Boyd High School poses with students at the 2018 Boyd graduation.

grad onstage waving

2018 McKinney Boyd High School Graduation

Ussery smiling at student

McKinney ISD Board of Trustees member Kenneth Ussery greets students as he presents them with their diplomas at the 2018 McKinney Boyd High School graduation ceremony.

Grads onstage singing

The McKinney Boyd School Song

Grads singing with hands raised

The McKinney Boyd School Song

grads with hands in the air gesturing toward stage

The McKinney Boyd School Song

grads throwing caps in air

With the traditional toss of the graduation caps, the 2018 McKinney Boyd High School graduation comes to a close.

McKinney High School

JROTC Instructor shaking hands with student

The McKinney High School graduation ceremony was held at the Allen Event Center on June 8, 2018.

Grads walking in

2018 McKinney High School Graduation

grads walking in

2018 McKinney High School Graduation

grads walking in

2018 McKinney High School Graduation

female grad waving at audience

2018 McKinney High School Graduation

grad looking up at screen

2018 McKinney High School Graduation

presentation of colors

2018 McKinney High School Graduation

Wu at podium

Ashley Wu, 2018 MHS Salutatorian

Udani at podium

Udani Satarasinghe, 2018 MHS Valedictorian

Arbabi at podium

McKinney High School Principal Alan Arbabi

McDaniel at podium

McKinney ISD Supt. Dr. Rick McDaniel addresses the MHS Class of 2018.

grad and parent in line

2018 McKinney High School Graduation

female grad smiling at camera

2018 McKinney High School Graduation

Arbabi with students

MHS Principal Alan Arbabi poses for photos with graduates.

grads in rows

2018 McKinney High School Graduation

female grad looking over shoulder

2018 McKinney High School Graduation

SRO smiling at camera

2018 McKinney High School Graduation

Ussery greeting student on stage

MISD Board member Kenneth Ussery greets graduates as they receive their diplomas.

on stage greeting students

Dr. Rick McDaniel and Board members Lynn Sperry and Maria McKinzie greet graduates.

female grad looking up

2018 McKinney High School Graduation

choir grads wait to go onstage

2018 McKinney High School Graduation

grad choir singing on stage

The MHS School Song

grads with arms raised singing

The MHS School Song

grads tossing caps

The MHS Class of 2018

grad running by camera with smile

2018 McKinney High School Graduation

McKinney North High School

conductor leading band

The McKinney North High School graduation ceremony was held at the Allen Event Center on June 8, 2018.

Saxophone players

2018 McKinney North High School Graduation

Grads in rows

2018 McKinney North High School Graduation

female grad smiling toward stands

2018 McKinney North High School Graduation

grad looking back over shoulder

2018 McKinney North High School Graduation

grads in rows

2018 McKinney North High School Graduation

grads walking to seats

2018 McKinney North High School Graduation

Gaskill at podium

McKinney North High School Principal Jae Gaskill prepares to address the McKinney North High School Class of 2018.

teachers smiling and giving thumbs up

2018 McKinney North High School Graduation

choir members on stage

Members of the McKinney North High School choir perform Josh Groban’s “You Raise Me Up.”

Grace at podium

Grace Molera, 2018 McKinney North Salutatorian

Miller at podium

Samantha Miller, 2018 McKinney North Valedictorian

McDaniel at podium

Supt. Dr. Rick McDaniel addresses the McKinney North Class of 2018.

female grad in line

2018 McKinney North High School Graduation

female grad and mom in line

2018 McKinney North High School Graduation

Gaskill and grad on stage

North Principal Jae Gaskill poses with a graduate.

female grad showing peace sign and smiling

2018 McKinney North High School Graduation

shaking hands

Assistant Principals Josh Greenwood and David Moliere greet students as they exit the graduation stage.

view of entire grad class in rows

2018 McKinney North High School Graduation

grads singing

The McKinney North School Song

grads throwing caps

The traditional graduation cap toss!

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