In the upcoming days and weeks, most area high schools and State Fair Community College will host their graduation ceremonies.
Applewood Christian and Otterville will begin the pomp and circumstance Saturday as they host their graduations at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., respectively.
Commencement for SFCC will be at 7 p.m. Friday, May 13 in the Mathewson Exhibition Center on the Missouri State Fairgrounds.
Gary Noland, who retired after 40 years of service to the college, most recently as president of the Board of Trustees at State Fair, will give the keynote address. Jorge Guevera, who was named the SFCC 2016 Distinguished Alumni Award winner Thursday night, will provide the alumni welcome to the new graduates.
The college will award 828 degrees and 267 certificates to candidates for graduation, according to Dana Kelchner, executive director of marketing and communications.
More than 289 students representing the Sedalia campus and students from Boonville, Clinton, Eldon, Lake of the Ozarks, Whitman Air Force Base and online students plan to walk during Friday night’s ceremony.
The Sedalia School District 200 has plans to host Smith-Cotton High School’s commencement at the Mathewson Exhibition Center at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 21.
The district had hoped to host graduation at Tiger Stadium at the Jennie Jaynes Activity Complex, but after studying the options before them, the district announced last week the ceremony would once again be at the Exhibition Center.
“We are ready for graduation,” S-C Principal Wade Norton said. “We’re doing everything much in the same way as in prior years.
“This is the first class of seniors I have been with for their entire four years of high school; actually, I have been with them for five years since I was with them when they were in eighth grade,” Norton said. “They are a very strong, family oriented class.”
Norton said the students had been through many situations during their four years, which he feels gives them a greater understanding of life.
“It has been fun to watch this class grow and at times fail, but they have learned from those failures they become adults,” Norton said. “It will be hard to see them go.”
Three seniors, Class President Heidi Treuner, Student Council President Lanie Beard, and the valedictorian, who at press time had not been named, will speak at the ceremony.
SCHS has 371 candidates for graduation. This number includes the 85 seniors who met the requirements and graduated at semester in December. Those students will be allowed to take part in Saturday’s ceremonies if they choose.
The ceremony at Whittier High School will be hosted 6 p.m. Friday, May 20 in the Smith-Cotton Junior High auditorium. Forty-four students are candidates for graduation that evening.
Other local graduation dates include:
Saturday, May 7
Applewood Christian Academy, 2 p.m. at the ROC; eight graduates.
Otterville, 7 p.m. at the high school gym; 16.
Friday, May 13
State Fair Community College, 7 p.m. at the Matthewson Exhibition Center, 289.
Lincoln, 8 p.m. at the high school gym, 33.
Saturday, May 14
La Monte, 2 p.m. at the high school gym; 20.
Sunday, May 15
Cole Camp, 2 p.m. at the high school gym; 71.
Knob Noster, 2 p.m. at the football stadium; 60.
Pilot Grove, 2 p.m. at the high school gym; 29.
Sacred Heart, 3 p.m. at the high school gym; 23.
Stover, 3 p.m. at the high school gym; 31.
Tipton, 3 p.m. at high school gym; 49.
Friday, May 20
Whittier, 6 p.m. at the Smith-Cotton Junior High auditorium; 48.
Smithton, 7 p.m. at the high school gym; 39.
Northwest, 7 p.m. at the high school gym; 22.
Saturday, May 21
Smith-Cotton, 7 p.m. at the Mathewson Exhibition Center; 371.
Green Ridge, 2 p.m. at the high school gym; 19.
Sunday, May 22
Windsor, 2 p.m. at the high school gym; 50.
Hope Lecchi can be reached at 660-826-1000 ext. 1484