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It’s a race to the finish

Members of the Gardner Edgerton High School class of 2014 throw their hats in celebration. The class of 2015 will graduate this Saturday. File photo

Members of the Gardner Edgerton High School class of 2014 throw their hats in celebration. The class of 2015 will graduate this Saturday. File photo

for staff and seniors at Gardner Edgerton High School and Spring Hill High School. Graduation ceremonies at both schools are set for May 16.
As seniors put the finishing touches on final tests and projects, a variety of functions finalized goodbyes to the GEHS and SHHS classes of 2015.
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. Parents and seniors share a meal, and peruse senior display boards.
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.
USD 230 will formally part ways with more than 130 seniors during its graduation ceremony at 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 16. Speakers at the SHHS graduation ceremony will include brief remarks from each of the class valedictorians as well as high school principal.
The orchestra and band will perform and the Madrigals will sing during the ceremony.
The SHHS ceremony is typically a very intimate affair.
Though ceremonies will begin at 4 p.m., doors will open to the public at 2:30 p.m. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.
GEHS’ graduation ceremonies kick-off at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 16 at the GEHS District Stadium.
In the event of inclement weather, GEHS’ more than 330 seniors will receive their diplomas inside GEHS gymnasium.
USD 231 Superintendent Pam Stranathan told school board members during a May 11 meeting that it’s going to be sunny.
“It’s going to be good,” she said. “We’re ready for graduation.”
Should the weather not cooperate, school officials will likely make a determination for a plan B as early as Friday, May 15 and no later than very early on May 16.
Potential changes to the ceremony will be announced on the district website.
The district has only moved graduation ceremonies inside one time in the last decade.
According to weather.com, there is an 80 percent chance of rain on Saturday.
Scattered thunderstorms in the morning will likely pick up in the afternoon.
In the unlikely event of rain that day, graduating seniors each have a limited number of tickets to allow guests into the gymnasium. Meanwhile, there will be a live feed in the auditorium. There will also be a live feed of the ceremony broadcast over the internet.