Sulphur and Oklahoma School for the Deaf graduates will step into the future this Friday and next Wednesday as the schools conduct annual commencement exercises.
Sulphur High School will hold its commencement on Friday, May 17 at 8:00 p.m. at Agee Field and OSD will follow on Wednesday, May 22 at 1:00 p.m. in the school's gym.
Sulphur will also hold a Baccalaureate service at 7:30 p.m. at the Crossway First Baptist Church in Sulphur on Wednesday, May 15.
Both schools will be saying good bye to big classes, 85 at Sulphur and 21 at OSD. (The graduates of both schools are listed and pictured in a special graduation section in this issue.)
Sulphur's exercises will begin with the Processional, "Pomp and Circumstance," by the SHS band followed by the invocation by class representative Carleigh Neal and the Flag salute by Ashley Hughes and Dylan Hughes.
Music will then be provided by a group of seniors led by vocal music director Kim Keena in the selection, "I Will Remember You" with "I Will Always Love You," arranged by Kirby Shaw.
A presentation will then be made by Superintendent Gary Jones for Oklahoma Academic All-State and Oklahoma Scholars to graduates Tierani Richardson, Hunter Luna, Natalie Householder, Ashley Hughes and Ian Ruhnke.
Jones will also announce the 14 honor graduates. They are Chris Bragg, Natalie Householder, Ashley Hughes, Madeline Jack, Yingqian Lu, Hunter Luna, Jamie Mayo, Teresa Moreno, Carleigh Neal, Tierani Richardson, Ian Ruhnke, Madai Vidales, Blakely Whitman and Cindy Williams.
SHS Principal Clete Cole will then present the senior class followed by benediction by Jamie Mayo, class secretary and the Recessional, "Pomp and Circumstance," by the SHS band.
Serving as honor escorts this year will be Katie Lancaster, Callie Thomas, McLane Jolly, Charlie Heitland, Audra Benn, Jordan Baumgardner, Sarah Shores, Hali Gilbert, Kris Naugle and Wyatt Jones.