As rain fell in torrents, graduation ceremonies at Browning High School commenced on Sunday, May 26, and folks arrived early to score seats in the large but crowded gymnasium. Wind Dancer Tunes provided sound and musical interludes, and the Iron Creek Singers added traditional drumming and song to the occasion. Seven traditional dancers opened the ceremonies, with administrators, board members and faculty following.
The BHS Band performed Pomp and Circumstance for the incoming seniors, each pair or trio entering atop a ramp leading to their chairs on the main floor. Friends and family took advantage of the opportunity to land prize photos of their graduates, not only on entering but at every stage of the event.
The crowd enjoyed welcoming speeches from BHS Principal Billie Jo Juneau, Superintendent Corrina Guardipee-Hall, Browning Board Vice Chair Wendy Bremner, Blackfeet Chief Earl Old Person and Blackfeet Chairman Tim Davis. The Iron Creek Singers then performed the Honor Song for the graduating class.
Reflecting on their high school years, those who helped them along the way and hopes for the future for themselves and their classmates, Valedictorian Jhett Valendra and Salutatorian Aliyah Skunkcap spoke highly of their experiences and encouraged their fellow graduates to move on confidently.
Traylyn Kennerly introduced Class of 2019 Special Guest Cinnamon Crawford and Sequoyah Osborne, who gave the Commencement Address. Their final words of thoughtfulness and encouragement preceded the climax of the afternoon, presenting the diplomas.
The event was well organized and meaningful for everyone in attendance.