F or 90 local students, a journey that began 12 years ago reaches its conclusion tomorrow evening as Granville High School hosts its annual commencement ceremonies.
Members of the Class of 2014 will receive their high school diplomas and say their good-byes to a district many of them have attended since they were five years old.
Susan Hosley and Christina Cook, who have served as class advisors to this year’s graduates, said they are an “eclectic group with a wide range of interests and aspirations.”
Some will head to nationally renowned universities in the falls, others will attend technical schools or enter the workforce and yet others will serve in the armed forces.
“Given their diversity they have experienced success in a variety of endeavors ranging from competing at the World Competition in Robotics in California to performing in the arts, to FFA achievements at both the state and national level.
In addition, members of the Class of 2014 have competed in athletics at the local and state levels, while pursuing rigorous academics, including, in many cases, college credit bearing course work. All of their experiences have established a strong foundation that should serve them well in the future,” Hosley and Cook said.
Tomorrow’s ceremony will begin 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 and there is unlimited lawn space for other non-ticketholders.
If the event does have to move indoors, each student will get tickets for the sectioned-off chair area on the gym floor and there will be a first come, first serve seated bleacher area open to the public.
As part of the commencement ceremony, several students and officials will speak, including valedictorian Emily Campbell, salutatorian Heidi Smith, Superintendent Mark Bessen, and Principal Camille Harrelson. John Shaw, president of the board of education, will also speak in what may be his final graduation ceremony. Shaw, who has served on the Board of Education since before many of this year’s graduates could speak, was defeated in May’s elections and will step down as president at the end of the month.
Tomorrow’s ceremony will be broadcast live so out of town family members and friends can watch their loved ones receive their diploma. A link to the broadcast will be available on the district’s website (granvillecsd.org). If the weather is favorable and graduation is held outdoors, a broadcast of the ceremony will be shown inside the “air-conditioned” auditorium, Laura Colombo, graduation co-advisor said.
Baccalaureate, which is a church service for the graduating class, will take place tonight at 7 p.m. at the Methodist Church on 18 Church Street. The service will be open to the public.