UNIONVILLE — On a humid, Thursday morning, Piedmont High School held their 61st graduation ceremony. The ceremony took place at the school’s football stadium.

Principal Dylan Stamey gave the commencement address. He creatively used Microsoft Teams as an example of how graduates should conduct themselves throughout their lives. Piedmont High School used Microsoft Teams when remote learning began.

First, Stamey reminded students that their “camera is always on” — encouraging them to have integrity because it is not always apparent who is looking up to them like younger siblings or friends. Second, he said it’s okay to “mute your microphone.”

“Not because you don’t have anything to say, but because you can always learn more by listening than you can talking,” Stamey said. He also reminded graduates that it is OK to turn the microphone on when they want to stand up for what they believe in.

His third and final point was like in Microsoft Teams, graduates need to be active participants in all they do — avoiding regret about missed opportunities or chances they did not take. He added that graduates should not settle for mediocrity and to go “full speed ahead” in achieving their dreams.

“Once a Panther, always a Panther,” Stamey said.

At the end of the commencement ceremony, graduates took a victory lap on the school’s track.

According to Stamey, this year’s Piedmont class earned a combined total of $15 million in scholarships.