Same pomp and circumstance.
The Switzerland County High School Class of 2019 will graduate 95 students this Saturday, May 25th, in the high school gymnasium. The ceremony will begin at 1:30 p.m. this year after the school held a morning ceremony last year.
This year’s graduation will begin with Principal David Todd greeting the audience; and head ushers Allison Furnish and Allison Detmer will present the colors. Graduates will then enter as the band plays the processional; and the National Anthem will be performed by the senior members of the Switzerland County High School choir.
Sierra Hamilton, Treasurer of the Class of 2019, will lead the audience in the Pledge of Allegiance; and then Class President Ariel Oeffinger will welcome everyone. Class Vice President Sydney Thomas will introduce honored guests and her fellow class officers.
Calleigh Powell, Senior Class Committee member, will then introduce this year’s Baccalaureate speaker, Patriot Baptist Church pastor and former teacher, principal, and superintendent Michael Jones. Following his remarks, Senior Class Secretary Lean Anders will offer a prayer of invocation.
Teacher and National Honor Society sponsor Valerie Smith will introduce the members of the National Honor Society; and Principal Todd will recognize those graduates earning Academic/Technical honors. Director of Guidance Marla Edwards will then introduce this year’s “Top Ten” members of the graduating class; will then recognize STGEC, and she will then recognize associate’s degrees and those members of the class who have enlisted in the military.
Next will come the introduction of the Class Valedictorian, by teacher Peggy Higgins. She will introduce Garrett Demaree, who will then give the Valedictory Address.
Teacher Barry Smith will then introduce Class Salutatorian Lean Anders.
Principal Todd and School Superintendent will then present the class, and diplomas will be conferred.
Once the diplomas are handed out, Senior class President Ariel Oeffinger will then offer the benediction, and will then lead her fellow classmates in the traditional turning of the tassels.
That will be followed by the recessional played by the band; and the new graduates will proceed from the gym and onto the front patio area, where they will be greeted by family and friends.