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Milton Hershey School Lifer Ends One Journey and Starts Another

Milton Hershey School has had more than 600 alumni enroll in pre-K, kindergarten, or first grade—or sometimes even earlier. At MHS, these students earn the distinction of being a “lifer” once they complete their 12 years of schooling and graduate. As we prepare to celebrate them at the school’s 89th Commencement Ceremony on Sunday, June 11, we asked several of this year’s 18 lifers what their time at MHS has meant to them.

Milton Hershey School lifer Rhys Rossier

What does it mean to be an MHS lifer to you? 

Being a lifer means you spent your time at MHS wisely and have successfully made it to the end of your journey at the school. You took advantage of the opportunities you were presented with to become a better version of yourself. Commencement, for lifers, is the end of one road and the beginning of a new one, all at the same time.

How has your time at MHS helped prepare you for life after graduation? 

I know more about what is ahead of me than if I had not enrolled at MHS. The school has given me the tools to be a successful adult and start on the right path. I am aware of what to expect and how to navigate every situation I am faced with.

What are you most looking forward to after graduation?

I am looking forward to beginning my new chapter in college and I cannot wait to see what the world has in store for me. I look forward to potentially playing hockey and being involved in as many activities as possible.

When you think about life after graduation from Milton Hershey School, as a lifer, what comes to mind? 

First, I think about Homecoming Weekend and it being the opportunity to see my classmates after they become successful. I know that I will be a part of the MHS family for a lifetime.

Read More about the Significance of Lifers at MHSLearn More about the Class of 2023

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