Orono High School's class of 2012 gathered together for their last official activity Wednesday evening.
Just under 200 seniors graduated in front of a football stadium packed with family and friends. It was Orono High School's 61st commencement ceremony.
Whitney Magnuson and Matthew Smaron were selected to address their classmates, and Superintended Dr. Karen Orcutt delivered opening remarks.
The OHS Wind Ensemble, directed by Tim Arnold, performed “Pomp and Circumstance” by Edward Elgar and “Fanfare and Flourishes” by James Curnow. The OHS Choir, directed by Nichole Brenna, sang “Loch Lomond Traditional Scottish” arranged by Jonathan Quick.
The traditional academic procession featured the faculty wearing distinctive apparal as an indication of scholarship and academic rank. The procession dates back to 1321 but was not adopted in the U.S. until 1900.
The use of the black robe in academic processions is thought to have arisen from the clerical practice of wearing a cape or mantle in religious processions during the 12th and 13th centuries, when universities arose from Catholic schools.
Honored guests selected by the Class of 2012 were:
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