McDonough says farewell to 335 seniors in graduation ceremony

McDonough says farewell to 335 seniors in graduation ceremony

Maurice J. McDonough High School staff, along with school system officials and county dignitaries, conferred diplomas to 335 seniors in a graduation ceremony this afternoon. Senior class president Alexandria Jones provided greetings on behalf of the McDonough Class of 2015 to guests in attendance. Jones told the audience to be confident in the future of the graduating class and called out career choices selected by her peers, in which graduates stood as their field was mentioned until all graduates were standing.

Tatianna Griffin, the Class of 2015 salutatorian, quoted playwright George Bernard Shaw in her speech and reminded her classmates that the world is theirs to make. “As you walk out of these doors today, look out into the limitless sky and understand that the moves you make starting today will shape your world. Take all that has been given to you, and run with it. In the book of your life, write something that is worth reading,” Griffin said.

McDonough valedictorian Shannon Haley represents the top academic achieving student in the Class of 2015 and is also the president of the National Honor Society. In her speech to her classmates, Haley told her peers to always remember those who contributed to your success. “To the Class of 2015, I implore you to consider those who have supported you, and then thank them for their dedication to your success. Know that what defines you is not what you are, but who you are,” Haley said.

McDonough’s graduation was the fifth of six high school ceremonies planned for May 29-30 at the Convocation Center at North Point High School. The McDonough Class of 2015 earned more than $8.8 million in scholarship offers, and additional totals are being reported as offers are received. The graduation ceremony can be viewed online at

Charles County Public Schools provides 26,500 students in grades prekindergarten through 12 with an academically challenging education. Located in Southern Maryland, Charles County Public Schools has 36 schools that offer a technologically advanced, progressive and high quality education that builds character, equips for leadership and prepares students for life, careers and higher education.

The Charles County public school system does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age or disability in its programs, activities or employment practices. For inquiries, please contact Dr. Patricia Vaira, Title IX/ADA/Section 504 Coordinator (students) or Pamela K. Murphy, Title IX/ADA/Section 504 coordinator (employees/ adults), at Charles County Public Schools, Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building, P.O. Box 2770, La Plata, MD 20646; 301-932-6610/301-870-3814. For special accommodations call 301-934-7230 or TDD 1-800-735-2258 two weeks prior to the event.

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