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June calendar full of school commencement exercises

Jun 02, 2017 10:54AM ● By Julie Slama

Jordan Valley’s Denvyre Smith receives her diploma in 2016 at the school’s commencement exercises. (Julie Slama/City Journals)

By Julie Slama   |  Julie@mycityjournals.com
 
Graduating students are ready with caps and gowns as commencement exercises will be taking place throughout June for several area schools.
 
In Midvale, Hillcrest will graduate 435 students at 10 a.m., Tuesday, June 6 in the Maverick Center in West Valley City.  No tickets are required and the venue is accessible for people with disabilities.
 
The theme is “The secret to change is not to focus all your energy on fighting the old, but building the new.”
 
Senior class president Ashley Nairobi Jimenez will give a welcoming address. Speakers include Principal Greg Leavitt, Canyons School District Superintendent Jim Briscoe and Canyons School Board of Education Mont Millerberg.  Board member Amber Shill will join them on stage.  Students Sidney Naegle and Quinn Welch will give the student addresses as well as student body president Stockton Ashby.  Senior class vice president Joshua Steven Katzenbach will lead the recessional.
 
The musical number, “Battle Hymn of the Republic” will be performed by the symphonic band, concert choir, chamber orchestra and percussion ensemble as well as the processional by the symphonic band.  The school drill team will join members of the U.S. Army in the flag ceremony.
 
Announcers include students Sara Elizabeth Diggins, Michael Young, Ethan Shupe and Quinn Ann-Kellene Welch.
 
In Cottonwood Heights, Brighton High will hold its commencement at 2 p.m., Tuesday, June 6 in the Maverick Center. No tickets are required and the venue is accessible for people with disabilities.
 
In Sandy, Jordan Valley will graduate four students at 11 a.m., Thursday, June 1 on the school’s stage to the theme of “Adventures of a Lifetime.” A Canyons School Board of Education speaker had yet to be named.
 
A slide show will highlight each student’s life, followed by a family reception featuring the students’ favorite foods.
 
The Waterford School will hold its commencement exercises at 11 a.m., Thursday, June 1 at Abravanel Hall in Salt Lake City. All Waterford students, faculty, families and friends are invited to attend the ceremony.
 
Diamond Ridge will hold its graduation ceremony at 7 p.m., Thursday, June 1 at Mt. Jordan Middle School.
 
About 435 Jordan High students will walk through commencement exercises at 7 p.m., Tuesday, June 6 at the school’s football stadium. There is overflow parking available in the South Town Expo Center.  If there is inclement weather, graduation will be moved to 6 p.m., Tuesday, June 6 in the Maverick Center.  No tickets are necessary at either venue and both venues are accessible for people with disabilities.
 
This year’s theme is “Thanks for the adventure. Now go have a new one.”
 
Speaking at the ceremony will be Principal Tom Sherwood, Canyons School District’s Assistant Superintendent Robert Dowdle and Board of Education member Clareen Arnold. 
 
As of press deadline, no student speakers or musical selections had been announced.
 
Entrada will hold its commencement exercises at 7 p.m., Tuesday, June 27 at Jordan High School.
 
Draper’s Juan Diego Catholic High held its commencement May 27, with its baccalaureate mass on May 23.