BATH | The 124 graduates from Bath’s Haverling High School celebrated the bonds they’ve formed over four years at Saturday’s commencement ceremony.

“Every day your are impacted by someone, and someone is impacted by you in return,” said Salutatorian Tyler Smith. Smith said those close relationships might not have been possible in a big-city school district.

“The small-school atmosphere is what allowed us to make these connections,” he said.

“You guys have been together a long time,” Superintendent Joe Rumsey told the students.

“There is a story behind every one of our graduates,” Rumsey said. “These individual talents have collectively formed the legacy of this class.”

Valedictorian Olivia Snavely noted that the connections made went beyond just those between students.

Snavely told a story of a teacher who wrote in her yearbook, telling her to “keep rocking those red Chucks.”

She said she hadn’t even realized she had worn those Chuck Taylor sneakers, which she’s had since seventh grade, that often.

Then she stepped out from behind the lectern to show that she was wearing them at the ceremony.

Senior class President Griffin Bates said that in this age of instant communication, it wasn’t necessary for the class’ close bonds to end at graduation.

“Through social media, we will see each other begin new careers and start new families -- become classmates in a different way,” Bates said.