Max Heinrichs, principal at Hillsboro High School, said graduation day is the culmination of a student’s high school career.
“It is celebrating the K-12 public education and accomplishments,” he said.
For the 51 graduates and their family and friends, commencement is at 4 p.m. Saturday, May 18, at Joel H. Wiens Stadium.
In addition to hearing from the two valedictorians and salutatorian, which will be announced closer to graduation, Mayor Delores Dalke, Superintendent Steve Noble and Heinrichs will offer words of encouragement.
“We are always proud of our seniors.” Heinrichs said. “We wish them the very best and we think we prepared them to be good citizens when they leave here.”
Graduation, he said, means creating lifelong learners.
Graduates at Canton-Galva High School are looking forward to something new at this year’s commencement, which will begin at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 19, in the gymnasium.
Darla Westbrook, CGHS secretary, said the 18 graduates are having a balloon drop from the gym ceiling.
“They ordered a big net to hold between 500 and 1,000 balloons, and as they are pronounced graduates and exit, the plan is to have the large balloon drop.”
Along with the balloon drop, another first for the class is their speaker, Westbrook said.
Sue Unruh, who is a fifth grade teacher, will address the graduates.
“Most of these students would have had her as their elementary school teacher,” she said.
This year’s valedictorian is Jacey Cantrell and Chelsea Tabolt is the salutatorian. Both students will address their classmates.
The commencement ceremony at Centre High School begins at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 19, in the school gymnasium.
Twenty-two students are participating, and two of the graduates are part of the Kansas Online Learning Program, said Lisa Beye, senior class sponsor and business teacher.
Beye said four students were part of KOLP this year, but two are not taking part in the ceremony.
KOLP is open to all Kansas residents who have not received a high school diploma. Those with a GED are also eligible. Students who graduate from the program will receive their diploma from the Centre school district.
The senior class president, Carrie Carlson, is one of the speakers, along with Jennifer Montgomery, an English teacher who has taught several years at the school.
CHS does not acknowledge a valedictorian or salutatorian. Instead, Beye said the school gives out scholastic achievement trophies to students who maintained a certain set of criteria all four years.
Cindy Riedel, CHS science teacher, is co-sponsor of graduation activities.
Peabody-Burns High School has 24 graduates taking part in commencement ceremonies beginning at 4 p.m. May 19 in the school auditorium.
Although the valedictorians and salutatorian haven’t been named, Annette Elliot, one of the graduation coordinators, said the class of 2013 has four valedictorians and one salutatorian.
Ron Traxson, superintendent, and Tim Robertson, principal, will be speaking at the event, she said.
As part of the ceremony, Elliott added, the band and choir will perform.
Baccalaureate will be at 10:45 a.m. also on Sunday.