The season of graduation is such a wonderlust time! You’re finally done with your high school education and you’re moving on in your life, whether it’s to pursue a higher education at college or it’s to set your feet on the ground and get a job to start off your career. Either way, we all look forward to the day when we walk across that stage in our cap and gown, and finally accept our diploma!
However, have you ever thought about what happens behind the scenes? What all it takes to put together such a momentous event? Let’s breeze through some of the things that it takes to run such an event like graduation.
First you have to make sure all the seniors are actually passing their classes so they can graduate. Then you’ve got to make sure everyone has purchased their cap and gown, and you have to order the regalia. Of course not everyone’s regalia is the same, so someone has to make sure that honors students have their cords and people in National Honor Society have their patches. Plus, you have to verify who is actually in NHS or BETA.
You have to reserve a space to hold the graduation, and figure out how many tickets can go to each student, and figure out who really needs those extra tickets if any are somehow magically leftover. You have to figure out who is valedictorian, salutatorian and touch base with those students, as well as the class president, to create their speeches for graduation day.
Oh, and you cannot forget about the chorus, or the decorations in the venue, or lining up the practices before the actual graduation, and the breakfast on the day of graduation, and of course, you have to make sure all graduates are cleared of their school debts.
All of these things have to take place, they have to be scheduled and planned ahead for or else it’ll crumble to ruin. Graduation is a stressful time, not just for students, but for teachers, and the dedicated souls who work so hard for it to run so smoothly.
As you can see it’s surely no walk in the park, so here’s a big thank you to Chris Hauser, Seth Davis, Daniel Hutchens and all the others behind the scenes for taking the lead and working so hard to make our graduation a great one!
Callie Dinkins is a student at Forbush High School.