MANHATTAN, Kan. (WIBW) -- The weather held out in the Little Apple Sunday as hundreds of Manhattan High School students received their diplomas after four years of hard work.
Family members filled Kansas State University's Bramlage Coliseum as 419 Manhattan High School students graduated during a ceremony Sunday afternoon.
The class of 2013 received more the $1 million in scholarships as they prepare to embark on the next chapter of their lives.
A severe weather plan was in place at the coliseum but thankfully, it was not implemented.
"I’m really excited to start the next chapter and go to K-State but it’s also sad because we’ve been here for four years and all of the memories and traditions. It’s sad leaving all that behind," said Emma Miller.
"We have a great sense of unity with still a lot of individuality in our student body and we’re a really unique high school in that respect, I think," added Eli Redeker, who was elected to give a speech during the commencement.
"I’m excited. I’ve been waiting for this day for a long time and now that it’s here, it hasn’t really sunk in yet but I’m sure it will soon," said Naomi McClendon. She told WIBW she loved all of the opportunities she had to be involved in the community during her time as school president.
Summer Senn was also a speaker at the event, even singing a song about the things students will miss at Manhattan High School.
"I’ve only been here 2.5 years and it has been the best decision of my life to go to this high school. They just have such a positive attitude and I’m really going to miss it a lot," she said.
Two of the graduates who have a parent in the military currently deployed were able to connect from across the miles before the ceremony through a video teleconferencing Manhattan High School set up with Fort Riley.
The ceremony was also streamed live to those parents serving our country. It was the fifth year the high school and Army have partnered to provide the service.