Class of 2018 to graduate
As the 2018 class finishes their Senior Capstones, hangs up their caps and gowns, and sets up their open houses, their final school year comes to a close.
The 2018 commencement ceremony will take place on May 26 at 7p.m. in the main gym, though students need to be at the school at 6:15. There will also be a rehearsal that morning at 9 a.m.
“If you’re a parent, I’d say the most important thing to know is that there are no limits to how many guests you can bring, and doors will open for commencement at six o’clock. Seating is first come, first served, as is our seating if you have a disability. We have handicap accessible seats in the very front for wheelchairs and the first three rows if you have trouble getting up stairs,” Mrs. Lisa Laug, senior class sponsor, said.
The ceremony is important to seniors and their families and is entirely scheduled to run approximately one hour, so those attending can know what to expect.
“We’ll do our processional, some people will make opening remarks, we will have the valedictorian, salutatorian, class president and vice president give speeches, then they will do the presentation of diplomas. Then, we will throw flutterfetti everywhere,” Mrs. Laug said. “At the very beginning, they will recognize people for honors diplomas, technical honors diplomas. They will ask people going into the military to stand up so we can recognize them.”
As for graduating, seniors have their worries and hopes.
“Money is a big issue as well as finding an apartment where I can own a cat,” senior Cooper Van Valkenburg said. “[I’d advise juniors to] spend zero dollars and zero cents. I spend lots of money all the time.”
Seniors have learned a lot this year and are passing that knowledge and advice on to the Class of 2019.
“Don’t listen to what anyone says about when you should present your senior project. If you want to get it done early, that’s completely fine, but if you want to present later, that’s fine, too. For me, presenting later made me more motivated to get it done,” senior Gabe Ellington said.