I noticed in the Miner again another letter voicing concern about the graduation ceremony for Kingman High School. I fully understand the frustration since, when my own son graduated, every photo we took now contains the picture of the naked lady that was on the back of the man's T-shirt that was seated in front of us in the stands! That is why I am writing. I'd like to invite the friends and family of future graduates to attend the "other" graduation ceremony at K.H.S. - Baccalaureate.
Each year, traditionally on the Sunday afternoon prior to the graduation ceremony, many of the graduating seniors themselves host this special, multi-faith-based program for their peers.
Baccalaureate varies each year according to the participants' talents and beliefs, but it is always a very reverent and "regal" ceremony that honors the outgoing graduates.
There is no horn blowing, cheering (screaming), or professional photographer getting in people's way. It is a "dressier" service than the actual graduation ceremony, and I have yet to see anyone in attendance that came in inappropriate attire.
The seniors themselves attend the event in their caps and gowns and there is a cake and punch reception following the ceremony where many students take up-close and exceptionally personal "graduation" pictures with friends, family and even some of their favorite educators.
For those of you who want to take part in a more tranquil, polite and respectful ceremony, I highly recommend they attend Baccalaureate.
You can contact me at (928) 692-6778 or (928) 692-6480, ext. 6419.
KHS Educator and SALT Club Advisor