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Dates set for local high schools’ commencement exercises

May 07, 2018 04:35PM ● By Julie Slama

Local students will graduate from high school this spring. (Pixabay)

By Julie Slama  |  [email protected] 

Hundreds of Murray high school seniors have their eyes set to graduate this spring. Below is a schedule of information available about area graduations.


About 120 seniors will graduate at 4 p.m., Friday, June 8, in the performing arts center on the AISU campus. Each senior will be given five to seven tickets for their family members. ADA assistance is available, but please contact Heather Richardson at [email protected] beforehand.

Speaking at the commencement exercises will be head administrator Nate Justis, board chair Kent Burggraaf, the valedictorian, the international student valedictorian and the salutatorian. The high school staff and other board members will join them on stage.

The school orchestra will play “Pomp and Circumstance” and the choir will sing “A Million Dreams” from “The Greatest Showman.”

Students will wear honor cords for high grade-point average, high ACT and SAT standardized test scores, departmental honor cords, Sterling Scholar honor cords, and Mia Love Recognition honor cords. The valedictorians and salutatorian will wear stoles. 

Prior to graduation, there will be a senior breakfast at 8:30 a.m. in the school atrium.

There also will be a senior dinner, catering by Texas Roadhouse, at 6 p.m., Thursday, May 17 in the AISU Atrium. Seniors are free but guests will need to buy a dinner ticket. At the dinner, valedictorians, salutatorian and all honor chords will be awarded. 


Students will speak and perform as part of the school’s 90-minute graduation exercises at 2 p.m., Friday, May 25 at Kingsbury Hall on the University of Utah campus. There are no tickets, but free parking shuttles are available to and from the football stadium. About 105 students are expected to graduate.

There will be an invitation-only awards night on May 1 where academic awards and the principal/Parent-Teacher-Student Organization scholarships will be announced.


At 1 p.m., Friday, May 25, about 400 Colts will graduate in their high school auditorium. Tickets are required. There is a limit of seven tickets per senior and if additional tickets become available, they will be available once released on a first-come, first-served basis. ADA assistance is available, but those needing help are asked to contact administration prior to commencement to make certain everything is set up for them.

The commencement speakers will include the valedictorian, salutatorian, three students and Granite School District Superintendent Martin Bates. Also in attendance will be Granite Board of Education members Connie Anderson and Connie Burgess.

The school’s band, orchestra and Madrigals will be performing. A reception will be held immediately following the graduation in the commons.

There is a safe Grad Night Party sponsored by parents scheduled for 10 p.m. – 3 a.m. at the school. Tickets are $20.


At 1 p.m., Friday, June 1 about 450 seniors will take part in commencement exercises in the Lifetime Activities Center on Salt Lake Community College’s Redwood Campus. There is ADA assistance and parking. No tickets are required.

The theme is SPAR On! The senior class officers decided this ties to the new S.P.A.R. (Serve, Participate, Achieve, Respect) expectations introduced this year, Principal Scott Wihongi said. 

“Like Spartans of old who used to practice (spar) with each other before going into battle, these are the positive attributes every Murray High Spartan should be practicing in their lives to prepare them for a productive life,” he said. 

A valedictorian and salutatorian will be selected and recognized and music numbers will be performed.

The all-night post-graduation party, coordinated by Project Graduation (Parent-Teacher-Student Association), will start at 10 p.m., with doors closing at 11 p.m. They will remain closed until 5 a.m. Tickets are $30 in advance or $35 at the door.