Although he was presiding over his last commencement as principal of North Harford High School, Ed Herbold did not give a tearful speech, and he kept the proceedings moving briskly Wednesday as the 352 members of the school's Class of 2015 were celebrated.
Herbold, who will retire after the school year ends, heaped praise on the graduates, extolling their accomplishments, such as earning more than $8.2 million in scholarships.
"You're an impressive group of young people, who have worked hard to accomplish some amazing things," he said.
Herbold told the graduates that their "potential is without limits." He encouraged them to "believe in something larger than yourselves" and to "treat people with respect and dignity."
"I am honored to have been your principal and am personally blessed to have crossed your paths," he said.
North Harford's 65th annual commencement ceremony was held in the APG Federal Credit Union Arena, the fifth Harford County Public Schools high school commencement held there this week, with more to follow.
Herbold praised HCC staff for their efforts helping to put on the ceremonies.
"We are sincerely appreciative of your welcoming spirit," he said.
Long-serving English teacher Linda Duncan will also retire at the end of the school year. She was acknowledged during Wednesday's commencement, too.
Two student speakers, Scott Angstadt, president of the senior class, and valedictorian Savannah Shaul, shared their thoughts on completing high school.