This article is written by journalism student, Skyler Lapre.
Staff and seniors at U-32 have a lot to do before graduation. Seniors are working to earn good grades, prepare for college, and look for jobs. While many U-32 staff are working behind the scenes to prepare for the graduation ceremony.
Three staff members working on the ceremony are Tracy Martin, Lisa LaPlante, and Heather Clark Warner all of whom have been assigned different tasks in order to help get the ceremony planned and set up for graduation.
Tracy Martin, an office manager at U-32, has been put in charge of personally ordering caps and gowns for the ceremony and holding them for graduation.
For any seniors wondering when graduation practice is taking place the student services office is currently a bunch of “save the date” cards with all the information needed such as:
- Graduation practice is on June 14th from 8:00 to 10:00
- 2nd graduation practice is on June 15 from 8:30 to 10:00
- Graduation on June 16 at 6:00
- The rain date is June 17 at 3 p.m.
A Lot of work has already begun to prepare for these dates, however, there is still plenty more work that has yet to be done. “We actually during April vacation had a meeting with all of the people who were involved with graduation to discuss [plans],” said Lisa Laplante before adding, “when we get close to graduation the maintenance and custodial staff do a lot of work with setting up the stage and setting up all the chairs for everyone.¨
Despite all the hard and hectic work going on to prepare for the graduation Tracy and Lisa share an optimistic outlook and are excited for the ceremony. “I love seeing the kids walk across and get their diploma and seeing all the parents sitting on the hill watching. It’s just fun to see everybody there,” said Tracy.
Lisa had a similar viewpoint to Tracy saying “…just watching all of you close one chapter and start a new journey. I also really enjoy the student speeches”
Finally, some personal words of advice that both Lisa and Tracy had for seniors, “just make sure you’re keeping your grades up, and you should be fine.”