Williamsport High School seniors and their parents may have suffered heartache this year, but former Principal Henry L. Bohlander demonstrated the strength and spirit the Class of 2012 has during the school’s commencement Thursday night.
Bohlander — who retired in December and returned to speak during the graduation ceremony at Hagerstown Community College’s Athletic Recreation and Community Center — commanded the 212 graduates to spell out “CATS,” referring to the school’s Wildcats nickname.
Then Bohlander repeatedly told the students and others gathered to repeat it louder, louder and louder.
“It’s a real thrill to be here tonight. I have missed you very much,” he said.
Bohlander recognized the academic success of the students, including the 372 advanced placement tests the students took, as well as their athletic success.
He asked members of the schools championship Maryland Class 2A baseball team to stand, praising them for the last six games they won.