Lincoln-Way West graduates Class of 2018
Wednesday, June 6, 2018

On Thursday, May 31, 2018, senior Warriors filed across stage to collect their diplomas and shake hands with school board members, Superintendent Dr. R. Scott Tingley, and Principal Dr. Monica Schmitt.

Shortly before the ceremony, the 2018 Senior Class Officers presented the class gift to the Board of Education. The students chose a patio, pergola and seating area behind the Lincoln-Way West cafeteria.

The Class of 2018 was then led to the stadium by the Senior Class Officers August Petrungaro, Luke James, Shelby Pitchla-Thompson and Timothy Lange. Principal Schmitt opened the ceremony by welcoming the families and friends of the Class of 2018. The National Anthem was sung by seniors in the Lincoln-Way West Choral Program, followed by Schmitt’s address to the graduating seniors. “As your principal, my hope for you—for each and every one of you—is that you live a life of happiness. I hope that your education from Lincoln-Way West High School, combined with the love and support of your family, has prepared you to make solid decisions that will lead you down a path of health, happiness and fulfillment,” she said.

Class President Tim Lange then addressed his fellow graduates by discussing memories from his time as a Warrior, as well as hope for the future. “We have collectively realized that our generation will bear the weight of the world’s greatest challenges, whether they be climate change, our national debt, or social issues like racism and immigration reform, and I am confident that the moral and educational foundations we have established over the past four years have provided us with the insight, intellect, and courage we need to overcome these hurdles. Graduates, it has been an absolute pleasure to share these past 4 years with you, and I wish nothing but the very best for each of you in the future…Your life is what you decide to make of it, so make it great. Thank you all so much, and congratulations, Class of 2018,” he said.

Board of Education member Beth Janus-Doyle then took to the podium to address the seniors. She advised the graduates that money does not necessarily coordinate to success; that having a life filled with kindness, travel, charity, patience, and tolerance is more beneficial. She reminded the seniors to be kind to everyone, to have an open mind and not to dwell in the negative. “You will get nowhere complaining and criticizing others. It is far more important to take a hard look at yourself first and improve those things you can control. Please leave here knowing that you are all strong, you are all capable and you can all make a difference in this world,” she said. “And don’t ever let anyone tell you otherwise.”

Before students filed across stage to receive their diplomas, Superintendent Dr. R. Scott Tingley addressed the graduates in attendance. “Congratulations on the growth that has taken place over the last four years,” he said. “As you leave here today, I hope that each of you experience all the love, luck, and happiness this world may provide.”

After receiving their diplomas, the graduates stood for the Lincoln-Way Alma Mater. At the conclusion of the performance, the Warriors removed their graduation caps and threw them into the air as supportive cheers from family and friends erupted throughout the stadium.