High school graduations begin tonight

Jun. 06, 2013 @ 05:07 AM

It's that time of year again. Time for the senior classes to complete their journey through the Rutherford County school system and embark on a new adventure. Graduation season is here.

The commencement exercises begin at 8 p.m. tonight with Thomas Jefferson Classical Academy. Friends and family will gather at the Gryphon Stadium to see the 69 graduates receive their diplomas.

The keynote speaker for the evening will be Darrell Allison, president of Parents for Educational Freedom in North Carolina and the salutatory address will be given by student Hannah Saucier.

"The 69 graduates in the Class of 2013 at Thomas Jefferson Academy: A Challenge Foundation Academy have amassed over 3.6 million dollars in academic scholarships to attend colleges all across the country," said Joe Maimone, headmaster. "On behalf of the entire TJCA-CFA community, we congratulate them for their success and we are confident that they are well prepared for continued success in college and in future careers."

Diplomas will be presented by Maimone and Jeff Ziegler, academic dean.

On Friday, June 7 at The Foundation at Isothermal Community College, 68 seniors will graduate from the Rutherford Opportunity Center. The commencement address will be given by Walter Dalton, president of Isothermal Community College. Diplomas will be presented by Larry King, principal and Denise Humphries, guidance counselor.

The 206 R-S Central High School graduates will receive their diplomas at 8 p.m. on Saturday, June 8.

"This time of year is always very exciting. We have so many seniors who are anticipating what the future holds for them. We also have parents who are equal parts excited and sad," said Phil Rogers, principal at R-S Central. "We at R-S Central are very fortunate to get to be with them as they finish their high school careers. Often times I remind the seniors that they need to thank those who have assisted them along the way, and remember these acts of kindness as they grow older so they can hopefully be of assistance to some one else in the future. We are proud of all of our seniors and are excited to see all the great things they are going to accomplish."  

The 145 East Rutherford High School graduates will walk across the stage on Sunday, June 9 at 8 p.m. Speakers will be students Amie Sessoms, Meredith Mason and Kelsey Fletcher.

"This senior class means the world to me. This is the first group I had for three years in the middle school, and now they are the first group I will present diplomas to. This will be a very special night for me," said Brad Teague, principal. "There is so much talent and potential in this group. I hope they know the impact they have had on me and my leadership style as a principal. I would put this group up against any senior class in our nation.  They are that good."

The graduation season will come to an end at 8 p.m. Monday, June 10 when Chase High School holds its commencement ceremony in Allen Stadium at 8 p.m.

"This is the last class at Chase who entered 6th grade while I was principal at the middle school," said Greg Lovelace, principal. "It is very special to be able to witness the growth from a nervous 6th grader at middle school orientation to a confident young man or woman ready to start the next chapter in their life. I feel very blessed this time of year."

Commencement speakers will be students Kyle Bingham, Ashton Hunt and Kalei Martinez.