GHS, MHS graduation ceremonies Saturday

by Charlie Koenig - Posted on Jun 06, 2018 - 12:24 PM

Photo: Mathews High School’s valedictorian Ashley Shackelford and salutatorian Reilly Price, from left.

Mathews High School’s valedictorian Ashley Shackelford and salutatorian Reilly Price, from left.

Gloucester High School is set to graduate 442 seniors, while Mathews High School is expected to hand diplomas to 90 graduates, during a pair of commencement exercises, both beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday.

The 65th annual GHS commencement program will be at William and Mary Hall on the campus of the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, while MHS will hold its 79th annual commencement in the school’s Harry M. Ward Auditorium.

In Gloucester

The Gloucester ceremony will begin with the GHS Symphonic Band performing the processional, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance, led by senior Zachary Hartman, commanding officer of the school’s NJROTC program. Key senior chorus members will then perform the National Anthem and the school’s Alma Mater.

Principal Craig Reed will welcome the seniors, their parents, other family members and friends. Following that, Duke of the Year Eleni Georgiou will be recognized. The senior class insignia will be officially transferred from senior Kamryn Cooper to junior Vivian Eccleston.

After that, Reed will recognize the honor graduates. The class salutatorian and valedictorian will then deliver their addresses. The GHS salutatorian and valedictorian have not been announced, as of press time.

Superintendent of schools Dr. Walter Clemons will deliver his remarks to the graduating seniors, after which Reed will certify the graduates and school board chair Anita Parker will confer the diplomas. Reed and Director of Counseling Matthew Lord will present the students’ diplomas. The program ends with Reed presenting the Class of 2018 and the GHS Symphonic Band performing the recessional. 

In Mathews

Valedictorian Ashley Lauren Shackelford and salutatorian Reilly Elizabeth Price will lead the MHS Class of 2018.

Shackelford, the daughter of Robert and Stephanie Shackelford of Port Haywood, had a grade point average of 4.6 to lead this year’s class. She will attend Virginia Tech in the fall.

Price, the daughter of William and Bridgid Price of Hartfield, had a 4.53 GPA, the second highest in her class. She will attend the University of Virginia this fall.

The Mathews ceremony will begin with the performance of “Pomp and Circumstance” and the National Anthem by the MHS Symphonic Band. Senior class president Anne Stewart will welcome the students and guests and then present the class gift to the school.

Schools Superintendent  Nancy Welch will introduce the elected officials and other special guests in attendance. Price will deliver the salutatorian address. Following a musical interlude, principal Alexis Foster will present the General Excellence Award and then introduce Shackelford, who will give the valedictorian address.

Katelyn Dodge and Shannon Duff of the school’s counseling office will announce this year’s scholarship recipients. Foster and senior class sponsor Steve Casper will hand out the diplomas and Foster will certify the graduates. At that point, school board chair Linda Hodges will confer the diplomas.

The program will end with the school’s band performing the alma mater and the recessional. Students will then enter the school’s gymnasium where they will be greeted by family and friends.