For the 122 students who graduated from Wayland-Cohocton, Sunday marked a bittersweet end to their high school journey.

For the 122 students who graduated from Wayland-Cohocton, Sunday marked a bittersweet end to their high school journey.

The students celebrated their success by volleying beach balls throughout the ceremony. When student-selected speaker Daniel Wilkinson approached the stage, his classmates cheered for him.

“I wish I could stand here and tell you all the great memories just from the three days we spent together in New York City,” Wilkinson said. “But I’d be up here till about five.”

Wilkinson reminisced on the memories the class of 2013 forged over their four years, joked about getting kicked out of soccer games and recited a lesson he learned from getting in trouble.

“After all the classes I have sat through and forgot information from, somehow four years later I still remember my word, integrity,” he said after explaining his punishment to lookup a word after pulling a prank at eighth-grade picture day.

“The second definition the dictionary gives for integrity is the state of being whole and undivided. I could not think of a better way to define the Class of 2013,” he continued. “When I look back at our years together, all I can think is how strong our integrity has been in the face of adversity.”

Daniel Hammers, class valedictorian, reminded his classmates that their hard work and dedication got them to graduation in his So God Made a Graduate speech.

“He said I need a true friend. An individual who is always willing to lend a hand, even when it may not be the most convenient time,” Hammers said. “Someone to attend athletic events, concerts, and drama productions to show their school spirit.”

“A student who is willing to go the extra mile; one that can spend all day in school, go to sports and/or music practice, work for four hours and then stay up until three in the morning to finish their senior essay,” he continued. “So God made a graduate.”

Superintendent Mike Wetherbee addressed the class by letting them know how truly proud he was of each and everyone of their accomplishments.

“We have 28 graduates in the National Honor Society and six National Technical Honor Society,” Wetherbee said.

To the five graduates entering the military, Wetherbee said “We appreciate your decision.”

Wetherbee announced the graduates with great pleasure as they received their diploma and officially became Wayland-Cohocton alumni.