Members of Jesuit High School's class of 1991 stepped off in style Wednesday night during commencement excises at the Tampa Performing Arts Center. The 134 graduating seniorsmarched onto stage to the accompaniment of Pomp and Circumstance and applause from family and friends gathered in the Festival Hall.
Then, with solemnity _ and just a hint of irreverence _ Jesuit's 192nd graduating class accepted awards, accolades and diplomas.
In his speech as valedictorian, David Tupper told classmates they have only two responsibilities in life. Those duties include making use of their gifts and opportunities, and assisting others in doing the same.
Eric Rivera, 18, will attend the Air Force Academy on a scholarship.
"My parents' investment in Jesuit really paid off," Rivera said before the ceremonies.
The salutatory duties were shared by Joshua Liston and John Wagner. In his address to classmates, Liston said the only fear his classmates should have is the fear of mistakes.
But Brad Homan, like many other graduates this summer, will put studies aside.
"I'm going to party until I get to college and when I get to college I'm going to party some more," Homan said. "This is the real beginning of my life _ I'm just beginning to walk into it."
_ JACKIE RIPLEY