Area Graduates to receive diplomas this Friday, May 24

Anderson School District One Commencement services for all three high schools will be held this Friday, May 24 at Littlejohn Coliseum in Clemson. Powdersville graduates will be the first to receive diplomas beginning at 9 a.m. Palmetto High Commencement will begin at 12 noon followed by Wren High at 3 p.m.
Palmetto High School Graduation services will include the following: Honor Grad Katelynn Thomas will lead the Pledge of Allegiance and the Varsity Concert Choir will sing the National Anthem. Honor Grad Katie Boozer will welcome guests. Salutatorian Jacob Hensley will present his Student Address which will be followed by a Choral presentation by the Varsity Choirs and Senior Chorus students.
Valedictorian Andrew Howard will present his student address. Honor Grad Erika Martin will present a “Letter from the Class of 2019”.
Palmetto High Principal Robert Roach will recognize special guests and participate in the Presentation of Diplomas. Also presenting diplomas will be District One Board Chair Nancy Upton, Superintendent Robbie Binnicker, Assistant Principal William Jones and Assistant Principal April Hays. Principal Roach will confirm graduates.
The Symphony Orchestra will lead the Alma Mater. Honor Grad Regan Gregory will have the Student Response and Honor Grad Mikaela Purgason will have closing remarks.
Calvary Baptist Church sponsored a cookout which was held at the Botanical Gardens in Clemson after the graduation service practice.
Wren High Commencement Ceremony will be at 3 p.m., May 24. The Wren High Orchestra, under the Direction of Julie Robinson, will have the Prelude. Honor Grad Jordan Randolph Britt will have an Opening Reflection. The NJROTC Color Guard will present colors. Honor Grad Jay Boyd Gambrell, Jr. will lead the Pledge of Allegiance and Honor Grad Chloe Elizabeth Wright will sing the National Anthem. Honor Grad and Student Body President, Allison Kaleo Griffith will welcome guests. Special Music will be presented by Concert Choir members with solos by Honor Grad Patrick Denton Carter and Honor Grad Olivia Danielle Panasko. Wren High Principal Dr. Seth Young will recognize special guests including District One Board members, Office Personnel and Administrators.
Salutatorian Noah Francis Britt will present his Graduation Address entitled “Reflecting on Chances Not Taken”. Valedictorian Collin Frederick Vogel will present his Graduation Address entitled “A Little Salt Bring Out the Sweetness”. Honor Grad Thomas James Whittemore will have a Letter to the Audience.
Dr. Seth Young, Kyle Whitefield and Christopher Chapman will award diplomas. Honor Grad Alexa Marie Risser will lead the Alma mater and Honor Grad Miles David Freeman will have Final Thoughts.
Powdersville High School Commencement Exercises will be May 24 at 9 am. The program will include the following: Honor Grad Hayes Thomas Oliver will have a Moment of Reflection. The NJROTC Color Guard will present colors. Honor Grad Aspen Rachelle Ridder will lead the Pledge to the Flag followed by Honor Grad Walker McCollum Patterson singing the Star Spangled Banner. Honor Grad and Student Body Co-President Isaac Lee Hammond and Honor Grad and Student Body Co-President Brooke Aubriel Bufford will welcome guests. Concert Choir members will present special music. Principal Dr. Chris Ferguson will have a Recognition of Honors. Valedictorian and Honor Grad Kilee Willow Knight will give her student address “Growth”. Salutatorian and Honor Grad Georgiana Leigh Walters will present her graduation address “What Now?”. Honor Grad Elizabeth Marie Keller will address the audience with a “Letter to the Audience”.
The Alma Mater will be led by Honor Grad Bryanna Danielle Thobe and closing remarks will be by Senior Class President Mikaela Simone McDaniel.
Class photos and list of Graduates, Photos of Honor Graduates, Junior Marshals and Scholarships and Awards, are all included in a special Salute to Graduates section this week in The Journal. Click here to see it online or pick up a copy at local news stands.