KINGMAN Kingman High School graduation could become a lengthy event tonight as more than 500 seniors are eligible to accept diplomas from members of the Kingman Unified School District Governing Board.
The "walk list" totals 507 students, senior guidance counselor Theresa Grumbles said. More than 100 of those students graduated early or are Positive Alternatives for Student Success program graduates, so it is uncertain how many of those eligible will actually be present.
"We're hoping to keep those numbers high in the future," said Betsy Parker, assistant superintendent of the KUSD. "They're a good indication of the success of our teachers and high school staff."
Commencement takes place on Lee Williams Field on the south campus of KHS beginning at 7 p.m.
She is impressed by the diversified talents of the graduating seniors and how well they overcame adversity in losing classmates and friends, Parker said.
The parents of three members of the class will accept honorary diplomas for their children. Chris Dobbyn died of an illness in his freshman year, Sarah Barnes was killed in a traffic accident on Interstate-40 in her junior year, and Jon Perez died in another traffic accident on U.S. 93 in January.
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Student Council members Mallory Casson, Jacob Wendt, Lindsey Acer and Kiersten Abraham will address the graduates and guests. Amber Burge will follow as a special speaker.
Students wanting to be the special speaker made live speeches before the Student Council earlier in the school year. Burge made a speech she had done as a member of the Future Business Leaders of America and her fellow students felt it would be most appropriate for the class, KHS North Principal Pat Mickelson said.
Seniors also picked Kenny Chesney's rendition of "I Go Back" as the class song.
"Our seniors nominated and voted on songs during a senior assembly," Mickelson said. "They felt the message contained in that one was most appropriate to them."
Program highlights also include the invocation given by Danielle Turney, recognition of foreign exchange students by Grumbles, a special song by Broc Wickland, and benediction delivered by Mark Hillemeyer.