Thursday, May 25, 2017

Our Past Is Present May 25, 2017

May 25, 2017
            Today is the last half day of school for students in USD 475.  Although graduation or commencement was held last Saturday, May 20th, today’s story is about the Eleventh Annual Commencement of Junction City High School seniors on the evenings of June 10 and 11 in 1886. 
The Opera House was packed with attentive listeners for both evenings, but the crowd on Friday was the largest ever assembled indoors in Junction City.  The stage was appropriately decorated with evergreen and blooming plants.  The class marched in to music provided by George Killian’s Band.  The class motto, “The World Is Wide” posted in the foreground.  The warm weather caused members of the audience to use hand held paper fans that made it difficult for some of the ladies to be heard as they spoke from the stage.  
            After the formal address to the graduates by Professor Henry B. Pierce, Superintendent Winans briefly summarized the work done by himself and his associates in bringing the class to  this point in the lives of the students. At the end of the speeches, the diplomas were distributed.
            Graduations are a special time for all of us.  The school term for 2016-17 has ended and in a couple of months a new year will begin and this year’s seniors will begin their final year of high school.  Best wishes to them, their teachers, administrators and family members, who will all support students to reach the milestone of graduating from high school this year.