SHS set to graduate biggest class ever

With major construction and late test results this past school year, there are still some unknowns as to the size of the Sunnyside High School graduating class of 2011.

What is known is that it will be the biggest graduating class in school history, with at least 300 SHS seniors donning the cap and gown.

All told, there are 420 seniors at SHS and the number graduating could fluctuate between 300 and 400, according to high school staff.

Sunnyside High's class of 2010 had 265 graduates.

The graduation ceremony for the SHS class of 2011 will take place this Friday, June 3, at 8 p.m. at Clem Senn Field on the Sunnyside High School campus.

Each graduate will receive three tickets for family members after a rehearsal ceremony this Thursday night. The tickets are for the home bleachers at Clem Senn. There will also be seating on the field for the general public.

Also on June 3, Sunnyside Christian High School's 17 graduates will walk to "Pomp and Circumstance" during their ceremony at 7 p.m. The event will be held at the Grandview Church of the Nazarene.

No tickets are required or available for the SCHS ceremony.

Also on June 3 at 7 p.m., Mabton High School will hold its graduation ceremony. Its class of 2011 numbers about 42 students.

The ceremony will be held at Mel Todd gym at Mabton High School. Graduates will receive tickets for their parents to attend. While floor seating in front of the stage will be reserved for ticket holders, there will also be seating available for the public elsewhere in the gym.

Grandview High School's graduation ceremony is set for Saturday, June 4, at 11 a.m. at Rich Leenhouts Stadium. Plans are for 129 Grandview seniors to receive their diplomas during the ceremony.

With the ceremony being held outside, Grandview High officials said tickets aren't needed for family members.

Graduation services for 2011 in the Lower Valley will wrap up this Saturday at 4 p.m., when Bickleton High School's five graduates march to the strains of "Pomp and Circumstance."

Bickleton's ceremony will take place in the high school gym. In lieu of tickets, graduates send out invitations for their big day.


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