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Buford High School’s class of 2014 entered the gymnasium with a little pep in their steps on Friday, May 30 and walked out with even more.
That wasn’t lost on Genester Curry, aunt of BHS graduate, Tijuan Dixon.
“It’s a blessing to see him graduate,” she said.
Dixon's grandmother, Pat Dixon, agreed.
“It’s the plan of God for his life,” she said. “He’s had some hard struggles in his life but my pastor prayed for him and he did a big turnaround.”
Alberta Dixon, Tijuan’s great-grandmother, was proud of his milestone.
“He made it,” she said.
It was the same for 83-year-old Willie Duren, who was at Buford commencement to support his grandson, Troy Cunningham.
“It’s a proud day,” Duren said.
Senior class president Hannah Carnes also expressed pride in the special day.
“In life, we’ve all accomplished many things – our first steps and the ABC Song to learn the alphabet,” Carnes said.
She said the ABC's of life are ability, (lucky) breaks and courage.
“Courage is found in the most unlikely places, it's time to look for courage inside us,” she said.
Alyson Parker, class salutatorian, told her classmates to “Be Brave, Be Bold and Be Blessed.”
Class valedictorian, Nicole Hudson, said it takes “courage, character and commitment” to make it through life.
“We have shown we have what it takes to make it through high school,” she said. “Find something in life you love and pursue it.”
BHS Principal Butch Dutton congratulated the 123 graduates.
“Thank you for the memories you’ve given me,” Dutton said. “In short, we are proud of you.”
After the ceremony, BHS graduate Alana Rosa was beaming with pride over her accomplishment.
“I’m relieved and excited all at the same time,” she said. “I’m excited for what’s ahead of me.”
Contact reporter Denyse Clark at (803) 283-1152