WIESBADEN, Germany – Wiesbaden High School honored the graduating class of 2021 the evening of June 4. Due to COVID-19 pandemic restrictions, and the imminent threat of severe weather, the 73rd commencement exercise was held in a hangar at the Wiesbaden Army Airfield on Clay Kaserne. There, 106 graduates transitioned from students to WHS alumni.
Coach David Brown urged the graduates to “Make it your intention to learn something new that will help someone else every day.” He recalled the resilience of the students throughout the pandemic and applauded them for making it fashionable to have school spirit again despite the nature of the past two years.
“Coach”, as he’s known throughout the community, reminded the graduates of the words Connor Buchheit spoke in his valedictory address. “When the world closed, Wiesbaden found a way, hang on to that, when things don’t go as you think they should, find a way.”
As the tassels turned, smiles engulfed the faces of the graduates, administrators and guests alike. Following the ceremony a parade of graduates wound through the streets of Newman Village. Residents and well-wishers with signs and pom-poms lined the streets and cheered loudly as the new graduates passed.
John Zesiger, WHS Assistant Principal said “The airfield graduation and subsequent parade perfectly captured the unique individuality of this class as well as their social spirit."