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The Class of 2018 Celebrates Infinite Possibilities at Milton Hershey School’s 84th Commencement

This weekend, 218 students in Milton Hershey School’s Class of 2018 received their diplomas during the school’s 84th Commencement ceremony at Giant Center.

Known as the “Infinite Class,” the Class of 2018 celebrated its accomplishments and bright futures in front of family, friends, teachers, and staff. Senior Kaylah Bohenek delivered the welcome address and reminded her peers of the family they gained at MHS.

Kaylah Bohenek delivers the opening address

“Milton Hershey School has done so much for me. I came here emotionally unstable, but I’m leaving with a plan and coping methods,” Kaylah said. “Most of us did not know what we came here to get, but we got what we needed. Not only did MHS give us a sturdy foundation, but it gave us a family to lean on when we needed it.”

President Pete Gurt ’85 also addressed the crowd to congratulate the Class of 2018 and recognize their potential to influence the communities around them.

“These 218 young men and women will join over 10,000 graduates of Milton Hershey School,” Gurt said. “Each and every one of our graduates are changing hundreds of communities … and thousands of lives are changed through the ripple effect of Milton and Catherine Hershey.”

Gurt also surprised the audience by welcoming alumnus Kayvon Asemani ’14, a recent University of Pennsylvania graduate, to the stage to deliver a special Commencement performance.

After being introduced by Chairman of the Board of Managers Bob Heist ’82, the  2018 MHS Alumna of the Year Wendy MacClinchy ’92 provided remarks and reflected on the importance of living a life of service and purpose.

Alumna of the Year Wendy MacClinchy '92 poses with Valedictorian and Salutatorian before Commencement

“A life of compassion, generosity, humility, and enduring commitment are principles which permeated all that [the Hersheys] did. That vision is embedded in the charter of this extraordinary school,” said MacClinchy. “Here, our education was not only of the intellect, but also of the heart. The Hersheys knew that neither could be neglected because true success requires both.”

To close the ceremony, senior Felicity Torres shared an emotional farewell address and inspired the crowd to break the labels society has given them and support one another as they overcome challenges and pursue the possibilities ahead of them.

Felicity Torres delivers a heartfelt farewell address during Commencement

“If there’s one thing that I’m grateful for, it’s that I didn’t have to battle life alone. With its many blows, I had an army,” Felicity shared. “Every staff member here at MHS, every teacher, every houseparent, and every cafeteria worker has played such a huge role in not only my life, but I’m sure I can speak on behalf of my class when I say all of our lives. They have helped us fight these battles.”

The Class of 2018 joins more than 10,000 MHS alumni, and they have exciting plans for the future.

Where are they going statistics for the Class of 2018

The Class of 2018 also achieved several honors and accolades that exemplify their commitment to academics, athletics, student leadership, and visual and performing arts. Eighteen students were recognized as “lifers” who enrolled at the school in pre-kindergarten, kindergarten, or first grade. View the full list of Senior Awards.

To watch more highlights from this year’s Commencement,  view a live stream of the ceremony.

 

*Data obtained in June 2018 and is subject to change.