Roswell High School Awards Diplomas at Commencement for the Class of 2022
May 26, 2022 – Roswell High School held its annual commencement ceremony in the Ameris Bank Amphitheatre in Alpharetta on Wednesday, May 25 at 2:30 p.m.
Principal Dr. Robert Shaw addressed the graduates and attendees, before conferring 486 diplomas to members of the class of 2022. This is his fifth and final year as principal at Roswell High School.
“As I reflected on what advice I could share with you, I realized that I have been trying to give you the best advice I could over the last four years,” said Shaw. “Every morning on the announcements I asked you to be kind, take care of each other and make good decisions. Those statements are still the best way I know for people to succeed.”
Student speakers included Valedictorian Riley Davis and Salutatorian Seth Kinoshita.
Davis shared some advice to her fellow graduates in her address.
“I wish to leave you all with one of the biggest lessons I have learned at Roswell,” she said. “It is to not let others define you. Don’t let anyone tell you that can’t pursue your dreams. You can make a positive difference in every person’s life that you interact with. Nobody can tell you who you can and cannot be; only you can decide that.”
In his speech, Kinoshita also had some words of advice for his classmates.
“Through your voice, your service and your kindness, you all have made the decisions along the way to leave your mark on everyone you touched,” he said. “You are the only who decides to speak now. You are the only one who decides to fill in the blank space. You are the only one who decides how to write your own folklore. But most importantly, you are the only who decides to be fearless.”
Graduates of Roswell High School’s class of 2022 were awarded nearly $23 million in scholarships and will attend such schools as the University of Georgia, Georgia Tech, Georgia State University, Duke University, Vanderbilt University, George Washington University and New York University, among many others.
Other graduates will move straight into the workforce, utilizing the skills they have developed in high school. One member of the graduating class, Robert Ferris, was selected to attend the United States Military Academy, where he will play golf. Five members of the class have chosen to enlist in the U.S. Armed Forces: Myers L. Heidt and Jair Rodriguez, United States Army National Guard; Daniel Ruiz-Romero and Isabella Gusmao de Castro Kleipaul, United States Marine Corps; and Amin Izquierdo, United States Air Force.
“Despite the challenges that we have overcome, it has been a fantastic year and I will always remember the Class of 2022,” said Shaw. “God Bless you as you begin the next phase of your life.”
Some graduates returned to the Roswell High School campus after the commencement ceremony to take part in a more recent tradition: gathering in the Ray Manus Stadium for photos, continuing the celebration with faculty, staff, family and friends.