‘Truly proud’ of Lakeview grads

Jun. 10, 2014 @ 02:22 PM

It was a quick, yet meaningful ceremony for the graduating class at Lakeview High School.

The class had two graduating seniors -- Kameron Harvey, whose home school is Jordan High School, and Shatan Jeffers, whose home school is Performance Learning Center. Only Jeffers attended Wednesday morning’s ceremony, but administrators made a point to provide a traditional ceremony, full of reflection over the past 13 years of education before the two graduating students pursued their next chapters in life.
Jeffery Dockery, principal of Lakeview, told Jeffers that he was “truly proud” of the work she had done over the past years and commended her in her work.
“I am both appreciative and excited that today has arrived,” Dockery said.
Lakeview caters to students in grades six through 12 as an alternative school. It serves about 120 students. Students that graduate from Lakeview are also able to participate in commencement ceremonies from their home schools – the schools they attended prior to Lakeview.
Stacy Gibbs, assistant principal, thanked Jeffers’ parents for their work and dedication to her education. She urged Jeffers to “go too far” and reach above and beyond her potential in life.
James Key, area superintendent of high schools for Durham Public Schools, gave the graduation address.
“My graduate address is going to be a little bit different than a typical address,” he said. He not only addressed the graduate, but also the current students, staff and guests. Key also offered up words on the history of Lakeview, and encouragement for the future.
Key attended Lakeview until sixth grade, where he learned the “three Bs” – be respectful, be prepared and be on time.
“It was at Lakeview that I learned that it didn’t cost one cent – it did not cost one penny – to be nice and respectful to all people,” he said.
He told tales of his time at Lakeview, including one that experience about being on time that has stuck with him since he was about 12 years old. During fire drills, he was charged with helping transport a peer in a wheelchair outside. One fire drill, Key said he forgot to help the boy.
“I forgot my duty, and was late to his classroom,” he said. “He said I didn’t care about it. … It had a pretty profound affect on how upset I became.”
He told Jeffers that she’s learned important life lessons, but to always keep in mind the “three Bs.”
“You’ve done all three of those very well today,” Key said.