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As they graduated, students at Rowland Hall-St. Mark's School were told it is their time to fly alone across the sky.

Valedictorian Michelle Cordray, quoting Kahlil Gibran's "The Prophet," said, "Pain would I take with me all that is here . . . alone and without his nest shall the eagle fly across the sun."In commencement exercises at the Cathedral Church of St. Mark, Cordray said that graduates now have the chance to shape their lives to a much greater extent than they've ever known before.

"The next few years will be among the most exciting years of our lives, if we make the most of them. Take advantage of them," she said.

Along with Cordray, students heard from Ronald G. Coleman, University of Utah vice president of diversity and faculty development, and Grace Kong.

Kong, the school's student body president, told classmates that they are leaving a life of relative irresponsibility and, at times, will miss it. Especially, they will miss being together.

Kong urged graduates as they go in different directions for college to include each other in their "bouquets of memories."

"We should remember our good friends - friends we talk to on the telephone until three in the morning, the friends whose houses we go to and eat everything in their refrigerators, the friends we laugh with in English. . . . "

She told classmates no matter what they are doing in 15 to 50 years, they can always have memories of one another, of friends and of the times at Rowland Hall-St. Mark's.


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Location: Cathedral Church of St. Mark

Graduates: 45

Senior class officers: David Stockham, president; Valerie Neilson, vice president.

Student speakers: Michelle Cordray, valedictorian; Grace Kong, student body president.