"I'm thrilled for her because great things are waiting for her," Krach said.

A number of elected and appointed officials serving Harford County shared their wisdom and life lessons with the Bel Air graduates.

Board of Education member Alysson Krchnavy echoed sentiments she had expressed during C. Milton Wright's graduation earlier, encouraging them to show appreciation to the parents and teachers who had helped them along the way.

"Live up and pay up by acknowledging the sacrifice that they made for you," Krchnavy said.


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She said told them that when they arrive at the beach or other destination, they should place a call to their parents.

"Don't text, don't send a picture; let them hear your voice," Krchnavy said.

State Sen. J.B. Jennings shared statistics on how much an average student experiences during his or her time in Maryland public schools, from 48 report cards to more than 7,000 quizzes, tests and reports.

Jennings also urged the graduates to thank their parents, but stressed the graduation ceremony, to many, "signifies your transformation from a child to an adult."

"From now on your destiny is up to you," he said. "You are the captains of your ships."

Del. Donna Stifler, who is a Bel Air graduate and also spoke at the C. Milton Wright graduation, shared how she injured her foot and spent several weeks recuperating and thinking about what she would say during the commencements.

"It hit me like a ton of bricks, or a wooden cutting board if you will," she said, joking about the cutting board which had fallen and broken her foot.

"Wherever you are, bloom," Stifler advised.

"Do all you can to be a blessing, because you would not be here if there were not blessings laid in your path already," she added.

Mary Chance, Harford County's director of administration, spoke on behalf of the county government and Harford County Executive David Craig.

She also shared the same advice she had imparted to the C. Milton graduates.

"Your name is the most important thing your parents have ever given you and the most important thing you will ever have, because you're in charge of protecting it," Chance explained.

She also cited a passage from pastor and author Charles R. Swindoll about attitude.

"'The longer I live the more I realize the impact of attitude on life,'" Chance quoted.

County Councilwoman Mary Ann Lisanti encouraged the graduates to "always listen to that voice, that inner voice inside of you, because that will guide you," and to "take a moment and say 'thank you' to the very important people that supported you throughout your life."

Komondor then thanked the teachers, administrators and maintenance staff at Bel Air for their work with the students, and ultimately the parents "for letting me be a part of your children's lives for the three years I've been here."