B y Jaime Thomas
It’s the moment Granville seniors have been getting ready for 12 years—graduation is now around the corner.
At this point it’s time to sign yearbooks, test out caps and gowns and hope the weather holds up for the 111 students and two foreign exchange students.
Principal Jim Donnelly, who has gotten to know these students over the past couple of years, said he is excited for them.
“It has truly been an honor to work with this year’s group of seniors. They are an exceptionally nice group of young people, and I am encouraged that Granville is doing something right,” he said in an email.
And these students will be moving on to a whole range of pursuits, from starting jobs locally to attending college out of state. Donnelly sees good things in their futures.
“We have some unbelievably bright students who will make a mark on their generation,” he said.
The ceremony is slated to take place this Friday, June 21 at 6:30 p.m. in front of the high school on the lawn, weather permitting. If rain does come, the ceremony will be held inside in the high school gymnasium. Each student will receive two tickets for the outdoor chair area with unlimited lawn space for blankets and bring-your-own lawn chairs.
If the event does have to move indoors, each student will get six tickets for the chair area on the gym floor and there will be a first come, first serve seated bleacher area.
For either an indoor or outdoor ceremony there will be a live broadcast available in the auditorium for any other overflow, said graduation coordinators Sanda Weber and Laura Colombo. Additionally, the event will be streamed live online regardless of weather, so those out-of-town or state can still watch their loved ones accept their diplomas.
As part of the commencement, several students and officials will speak, including valedictorian Christina Rice, salutatorian Katelynn Leavey, Superintendent Mark Bessen, Principal Jim Donnelly and John Shaw, president of the board of education.
For the musical component of the commencement, the school band will play “Learn to Fly” by the Foo Fighters, as well as “Pomp and Circumstance” and the “Star-Spangled Banner,” and the senior members of the chorus will sing a song.
Baccalaureate, which is a church service for the graduating class, will take place tonight at 7 p.m. at the Baptist Church.
More details about the graduating class and their individual plans are listed inside the Sentinel.