is an opportunity for the family, friends, faculty, and staff to celebrate the
accomplishments of each of the graduates. The 2019 graduates of The Piney Woods
School have been inducted into the International Alumni Association and have
taken the first step into their destinies.
Circumstance” by Edward Elgar rang through the Memorial Rock Garden on the
morning of May 25th as the graduates, in their regalia, smiled
brightly and marched with their sights on the stage.
Edwards led the Pledge of Allegiance, prior to the “Star-Spangled Banner” being
played. Cameron Tart recited the scripture, and Geronimo Warner brought forth
the invocation. The greeting of the guests was performed by Salutatorian
Directors Chairman Maurice Jenkins delivered the statement on behalf of the
board. The Cotton Blossom Singers performed two selections: “Total Praise” and “Amen.”
Valedictorian Caribbean Adams’ farewell was one for the books. Caribbean was
always a quiet student on campus; therefore, witnessing the power of her voice
was a stunning moment.
class performed their class song, “Thank You, Next” by Ariana Grande, under the
direction of Dr. Lindy McLeod. Nia Ojo tackled the task of introducing Clifton
L. Taulbert, the speaker of the day.
Taulbert grew up in the Mississippi Delta, gazing upon cotton fields, never
imagining being a special guest of former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day
O’Connor. Taulbert took to the podium at the Library of Congress and addressed
members of the Supreme Court and their invited guests.
It was his
lessons in life that he shared with the attentive graduates. It didn’t take him
long to deliver a message that will resonate with the students for years to
presentation of the Graduating Class was done by Mrs. Monica Crossley, Dean of
Faculty, and Dr. Willie Levi Crossley, President, awarded the diplomas and
certificates. After remarks and special presentations, the Alma Mater was
performed, and Minister Marc Fomby closed with the benediction.
recessional, the Class of 2019 had one more surprise--a balloon release.