Cedar, Canyon View, and Parowan High Schools will all conduct commencement exercises on Thursday.
The charter school Success Academy, an early college high school had its Night of Excellence earlier in the month. Success had approximately 33 graduates most of whom also graduated from Southern Utah University with an Associate of Science degree.
These students attend both Success Academy and their boundary school whether it be CHS, CVHS, or PHS and walk also with their boundary high schools, but receive their diplomas from Success Academy.
Cedar High and Canyon View will each have their commencements in the Centrum Arena on the SUU campus. Each year the two schools alternate time slots, and this year it is Canyon View’s turn for the later hour of 8 p.m.
Cedar High School will have its exercises at 4 p.m. in the Centrum Arena, and has a graduating class of 218 students. Seniors of the class of 2012 voted Taylor Hall to speak as their representative. Valedictorian Alex Jolley and salutatorian Katie Groves will also speak as will Student Body President Brady Williams and Senior Class President Bryson Haynie.
CHS Madrigals will perform “Pillar of Fire,” a song traditionally sung at graduation, which features senior soloists. A Cappella choir will also perform as will the Symphony Orchestra, which will also play the graduation march.
Canyon View’s graduating class of 224 students consists of 113 females and 111 males.
Its exercises will include words from valedictorian Chelsey Zortman, salutatorian Austin Burton, Senior Class President Sierra Pearson, as well as Student Body President Daniel Rau.
The CVHS Madrigals, conducted by Adrienne Tawa, will perform “The New Day,” which is a school tradition, and the Symphony Orchestra will also perform.
Parowan High School will also have its exercises at 8 p.m. on May 24 in the Parowan High School Auditorium. The PHS graduating class of 2012 is 68 in number with 40 females and 28 males.
PHS does not award a valedictorian, but includes many students, mostly honor students, in its program, which runs more like a production, according to commencement organizers.
The entire graduating class sings as a senior choir at the exercises, as do the Honor Students. Senior Class President Camri Fausett will offer the welcome address, and other speakers for the ceremony will be Student Body President and honor student Ammon Blauer, and honor students Whitney Harrison, Mackenzie Little, Liliana Juarez, and Logan Ruesch.
Students will present the department flags, and class memories, and the exercises will close with the graduates and crowd singing the school song.
The Southwest Education Academy will graduate 46 students at its ceremonies Friday at 7 p.m. in the Cedar High School Auditorium.
Principals at each school will present diplomas to the students accompanied by a representative from the Iron County School District.