Strand received a standing ovation from the graduating seniors after his speech Sunday.
Eastern High School Principal Keith Richie praised the class of 2014 for setting the bar high during their years at the school, and said he’s enjoyed his time with all the students.
“I feel blessed for the opportunity to work with you over the years,” he said. “It’s been a pleasure to watch you grow into responsible young men and women.”
As the students flipped their tassels and left their high-school years behind them, they were encouraged to go out and do good for others.
“You have been blessed by being here, so go out, and invest in other people,” Strand said. “Be known for what you do for others.”
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