As the sun cast a warm glow on the faces of more than 620 Maricopa High School graduates, friends and family gathered to watch the celebratory turning of the tassel.

During the commencement ceremony on May 25, student body president Kathryn La Fave drew parallels between their high school journey and the celestial constellations that decorate the sky.

“Constellations are a group of stars that form a recognizable pattern,” she said during her speech. “And maybe that’s why I found patterns in everything I did.”

Reflecting on her experience, La Fave found comfort in the people, events and hobbies that shaped her along the way.

Since 2019, the now-senior class has been around the same patterns – seeing the same, familiar faces in the hallways and classrooms.

Now, as they enter the next chapter of their lives, La Fave encourages the Class of 2023 to embrace the challenges and opportunities ahead.

“As you watch your cap fly into the air, think of it as a shooting star on its way to your next constellation,” La Fave said. “And follow it to wherever your dreams may lead you.”