Work hard, be kind, pursue truth, search for good and persevere. Those are just some of the parting words to fellow graduates.
West High School started the first of four graduation ceremonies for Billings high schools on Sunday.
The West High Jazz band provided some of the music for commencement at MetraPark Rimrock Auto Arena.
West High Principal Dave Cobb presented the class of 2018 to the board and Superintendent Terry Bouck.
West High graduated 394 this year.
The Valedictorians also had some good words for their classmates.
"I’ll briefly share a statement I’ve held close to my heart over the past decade.” said Keegan Lundman. “And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to His purpose for them. Romans 8:28. Now I know that not all of you believe that, but the reason behind that powerful passage applies to everyone."
"One of the most important things that I’ve learned over these four years is there’s no point in wasting time, worrying about things you have not control over,” said Zach McGovern. “You usually accept that and live in the moment. I would also like to thank all of my family for always helping me to find success with school and even with life in general. most importantly, I’d like to thank my mother."
Skyview High School’s Class of 2018 entered the Rimrock Auto Arena on Sunday afternoon.
Principal Deb Black presented some Honorary Diplomas to parents who have helped at Skyview.
The Falcon Medallion Awards went to the nine Valedictorians and some Highest Honors students.
Those students offered some words of inspiration.
"John Wooden made a difference,” Valedictorian John Thompson said about the UCLA coach who won 10 NCAA basketball championships in 12 seasons from 1965 to 1975. “He impacted people by way of example. He was humble and true to who he was. Will you find your brooms as you go out and find a way to go the extra mile and remain humble? Three lessons: work hard, give back, make a difference."
"We decide our influence and what we have been through means,” said Valedictorian Amanda Larson. “Let nothing stop you even if it slows you. Keep learning even though it is hard and painful. keep going.”
Senior High School and Billings Central Catholic High School held graduation ceremonies Sunday evening.