It was a momentous day at the Duquesne City School District on Wednesday. Eighth grade students walked across the stage and were promoted to 9th grade for the first time in 11 years.
The district returned 8th graders in the 2022-23 school year.
"Walk with passion and don't let anybody tell you that you can't do anything because you're living proof that it can be done," said Duquesne City assistant principal George Little.
Devantae Butler, a motivational speaker, gave the keynote speech. Eighth graders Jamier Mosset and Christopher Parrish both spoke and helped conduct the ceremony.
"I've challenged our 8th graders all year long to be leaders and to challenge themselves. I want you to give yourself a round of applause because you've met those challenges," said Duquesne City principal Eric Harper.
"You're very smart kids and you're leading examples in your community."