It’s a race to the finish for staff and seniors at Gardner Edgerton High School and Spring Hill High School. Graduation ceremonies at both schools are set for May 18.
As seniors put the finishing touches on final tests and projects, a variety of functions finalized goodbyes to the GEHS and SHHS classes of 2013. This week, seniors are finishing up finals and attending a senior day at World’s of Fun.
Last week, seniors wrapped up the year with honors night, where local scholarships are awarded. In Spring Hill, seniors will celebrate with a senior breakfast on May 17. Parents and seniors share a meal, and peruse senior display boards.
“They’re giant boards that parents spend hours putting together,” Christine Splichal, USD 230 District communications director, said.
Complete with pictures and memorabilia, the boards summarize the SHHS’ seniors lives up to the point of graduation. SHHS parents also organized Baccaleureate ceremonies for the seniors last weekend.
USD 230 will formally part ways with 138 seniors during its graduation ceremony at 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 18. Speakers at the SHHS graduation ceremony will include brief remarks from each of the class valedictorians as well as high school principal Steve Fleer.
The orchestra and band will perform, and the Madrigals will sing during the ceremony.
Splichal said the ceremony will be an intimate ceremony.
“It’s very much about the kids,” she said. “The kids come across the stage, and they shake hands with the board members and the principal and they get their diploma.”
As they step off the stage, their teachers hand them a yellow rose.
“There’s always hugs,” Splichal said. “And then you see the big grins.”
Doors open for the SHHS graduation at 2:30 p.m.
GEHS’ graduation ceremonies kick-off at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 18 at the GEHS District Stadium. This year’s event will be the first graduation ceremony at the renovated district stadium, if the weather is nice.
In the event of inclement weather, GEHS’ 313 seniors will receive their diplomas inside GEHS gymnasium.
GEHS Principal Tim Brady said district officials will make a determination about whether to move the festivities indoors by 7 a.m. on Saturday morning. The information will be on the district website, and a voicemail call will go out to senior parents if the ceremony is moved.
Brady is hopeful that the festivities will be outside, however. He said the district has only moved the event indoors once in the last 10 years. The forecast for Saturday indicates a partially sunny day with a high of 82 degrees.
In the unlikely event of rain that day, graduating seniors each have six tickets to allow guests into the gymnasium. Meanwhile, there will be a live feed in the auditorium.
For the first time this year, there will also be a live internet feed of the festivities.
“Particularly with grandmas or grandpas who can’t make it in other states, they can watch it on the internet,” Brady explained.
Speakers for this year’s GEHS graduation will include senior Chris Montes, and government teacher Derrick Abromeit.
“You get partial to every class that comes through,” Brady said. “There are just some great kids in this class that are going to do some great things.”