The Transylvania Times -

By Derek McKissock
News Editor" 

Graduation Joy Tinged With Sadness


June 16, 2009

Haley Haynes (right), who will attend Blue Ridge Community College to become a nurse, gets a hug from sister Alana Zachary after graduation on Saturday. (Times photo by Derek McKissock)

Graduation is bittersweet.

It was a sentiment expressed several times on Saturday morning during Commencement Exercises for the Brevard High School Class of 2009.

"Graduation is a bittersweet moment in all our lives," said Valedictorian

Christian Rudd to the assembled crowd of graduates, school staff, family members and friends at the Brevard Music Center.

"Though it marks the fruition of our long toils in high school, it also represents the end of an era for us."

Pride and sadness were mixed in the tears of moms and dads, and among schoolmates.

Rudd, on behalf of the graduates, thanked fr...

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