Diplomas were awarded Friday to 60 graduating seniors at the 122nd commencement for Kane High School.
The program at the packed high school auditorium featured the presentation of more than $80,000 in scholarships.
State Senior Judge John Cleland, a 1965 Kane High graduate who has lived in Kane most of his life, delivered the commencement address.
In his remarks, entitled â€śUnfinished Business,â€ť Cleland told the graduates they are â€ślucky to have grown up in a small town.â€ť
â€śYou are luckier than you can ever imagine to have grown up in these mountains and among these peopleâ€”in this very small place in this very, very big world,â€ť Cleland said.
â€śHave no doubt about it,â€ť he said. â€śYou can go anywhere in this world and compete against anyone in anything you are willing to work hard enough to do.
"I have been amazed at the stories I have heard about kids from small towns-- kids just like you-- who go on to be successful in the military, in business, in government.
â€śAnd so, you have some unfinished business.â€ť
Cleland is currently in the national limelight as the appointed presiding judge in the Jerry Sandusky sexual abuse case in Centre County.
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