For Sandusky High's Class of 2007, their high school education is literally worth a million dollars.
The 225 graduating seniors at SHS collectively earned more than $1 million in scholarships and grants for college.
Though commencement was originally planned to take place at Strobel Field, the seniors didn't let a thunderstorm rain on their parade.
Graduates, family and friends packed the high school gymnasium Sunday to celebrate the 153rd Commencement at Sandusky High.
"We are a generation of love and we will change this world," said Class President Daniel McDuffie in his address.
"Love is our life force," McDuffie said.
Valedictorian Shalise Montgomery spoke of the special bond the Class of 2007 shares.
“These diplomas can’t tell the entire story of our time in high school,” she said. “We’ve shared experiences that no one else can understand.”
Her classmates smiled as she reminded them that the Class of 2007 will be the last class not required to wear uniforms at Sandusky High School.
“It’s not enough to follow your dreams,” Montgomery told her classmates, “you must chase them.”
Sandusky’s Class of 2007 was the first senior class required to pass Ohio Graduation Test in order to graduate - 98 percent of the seniors passed that test.
This year’s seniors also continued a five-year tradition of giving back to their community. The class of 2007 collected more units for the American Red Cross Bloodmobile than any other school in Ohio or Michigan.
“We will show the city, the state, the country and the world that a few kids from Ohio will turn the world into a better place,” McDuffie said.
SHS Class of 2007:
51 percent will attend 4-year college
16 percent will attend 2-year college
9 percent will enter workforce
9 percent seeking employment
6 percent will enlist in military
9 percent undecided
Three graduates inducted into Sandusky High School Academic Hall of Fame: Hannah Lynne Bickley, Caitlin Nichole Kyle and Shalise Marie Montgomery