Area schools preparing for graduation

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Hundreds of area high school and college students will don caps and gowns for upcoming graduation ceremonies this month.

Fort Scott High School officials said 140 FSHS seniors will receive diplomas during a graduation service scheduled for 8 p.m. Saturday, May 16, at Frary Field located just north of the school. A baccalaureate service will take place at 4 p.m. that day in the FSHS gymnasium, 1005 S. Main St.

Thirty Uniontown High School seniors are expected to attend commencement services at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 12, in the gymnasium at West Bourbon Elementary School, 602 Fifth St. A baccalaureate service for UHS seniors will take place at 5:45 p.m. that day in the WBE gym. The guest speaker for the baccalaureate service will be UHS alumnus Todd Reeder. The salutatorian and valedictorian will speak during the graduation ceremony, school officials said.

Fort Scott Community College will conduct three separate ceremonies for its graduates at 10 a.m., 1 p.m., and 5 p.m. Friday, May 15, in the Danny and Willa Ellis Family Fine Arts Center auditorium, 2108 S. Horton St.

About 82 FSCC students, including certificate graduates and graduates in the FSCC Dental Hygiene Program, are slated to take part in the morning ceremony. The 2009 FSCC Outstanding Alumnus, Marvin Ketner, will speak during the morning ceremony. About 120 students will receive associate of arts degrees, associate of science degrees and associate of applied science degrees during the afternoon ceremony. Crystal Colvin, the 2009 FSCC Outstanding Sophomore, will speak during this ceremony.

FSCC ceremonies will conclude with the presentation of associate of general studies degrees to about 110 students during the evening ceremony. The 2009 FSCC Outstanding Alumnus, Gary Palmer, will speak during that ceremony. Prior to the May 15 ceremonies, there will be a special pinning ceremony for graduates of the FSCC Nursing Program at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 14, and a GED graduation ceremony at 8 p.m. that evening. Both of these ceremonies will also be conducted in the Danny and Willa Ellis Family Fine Arts Center auditorium.

Two seniors at Fort Scott Christian Heights will graduate from the local private school during ceremonies scheduled for 8 p.m. Friday, May 22, in the FSCH gymnasium, 1101 S. Barbee. Missouri Sen. Delbert Scott, R-Lowry City, will be the featured speaker at the commencement, FSCH officials said.

The last day of classes in both USD 234 and USD 235 is Thursday, May 21. The last day of scheduled classes at FSCH is Wednesday, May 20.