MERCERSBURG, Pa. — The Wagaman family was out in force Friday evening to see Hannah Wagaman — their daughter, sister and granddaughter — join 161 fellow James Buchanan High School graduates to receive diplomas under mostly clear skies.
In good weather, Buchanan High graduations are always held before the Rocket Field bleachers overflowing with hundreds of well-wishers.
“This year’s class is lighter than usual,” School Principal Rodney N. Benedick said. “Last year, there were 176 graduates.”
Each graduating class usually starts out with about 200 freshmen, but the number dwindles over their four years, Benedick said.
This year’s senior class received more than $214,000 in scholarships and other awards, he said. Many graduates are moving on to some of the country’s leading colleges and universities.
Benedick praised the Class of 2012 for the “cooperation and support they have shown each other.”
“The faculty and staff have generally enjoyed them,” he said.