GREENFIELD – It was a packed house in the Greenfield-Central High School gymnasium on Saturday, June 4, when 287 members of the Class of 2022 crossed the stage to receive their diplomas at commencement.

It was the first full-house commencement since 2019. The past two years had restricted attendance due to the COVID pandemic.

“It truly was a beautiful day. We were blessed with perfect weather, and it was a very nice program. I think it was a good day for everyone,” said assistant principal Susie Coleman.

The ceremony was extra special for Coleman, who watched her only child, Ellei Coleman, graduate that day.

Superintendent Harold Olin also saw his daughter, Leah Olin, cross the stage, where he handed the youngest of his three children her diploma.

“It was a good, good day,” said Olin, who was among a handful of Greenfield-Central staff members who saw their own kids graduate from the school on Saturday.

Phil Leswing and his wife Kelly Swain-Leswing, who teach social studies and English at the high school, respectively, celebrated their eldest son Brayton’s commencement.

Swain-Leswing also served as the faculty speaker, an honor chosen by students each year.

“It’s always nice to know that among 300 kids, many of us have personal connections as well,” said Olin. “It’s not just our job. We’re connected through our kids.”