Batesville Herald Tribune, Batesville, Indiana


May 22, 2012

High school graduations begin Saturday


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• Forty-three Oldenburg Academy of the Immaculate Conception seniors will graduate during a Mass at the Sisters of St. Francis Chapel Sunday, May 27, at 1 p.m. Seating is available by ticket only.

The orchestra will play prior to the ceremony, which will be celebrated by the Rev. Peter Gallagher,  according to Alicia Auseré, religion teacher and senior class moderator. After a welcome by President Sister  Therese Gillman,  Rachel Irrgang and Michael Maple will present readings.

Academy Singers will sing “For the Beauty of the Earth” during communion. Meredith Brown, Rachel  Schulte  and Erin Moll will serve as cantors.

The valedictorian and salutatorian  will speak, then Gillman, principal Bettina Rose and guidance counselor Joleen Lancaster will present the diplomas.  Afterwards,  Sister Margaret Maher, OSF, will give a congratulatory address.

The class flower is the stargazer lily  and colors are maroon and gold. “What a Wonderful World” by Louis Armstrong is the song seniors like.

• Batesville High School’s graduation for 143 seniors is Saturday, June 2, at 11 a.m. in the gym. The ceremony will be broadcast simultaneously in the nearby auditorium for attendees who would like comfy chairs and air-conditioning.

What’s unusual about this event is “we have six juniors who are graduating early” after  taking classes in the summer and online, reports teacher Megan Spreckelson, who is sharing class sponsor duties with Amy McCabe.

The band will play popular and classical music before the ceremony, ranging from “Lord of the Rings” to “The Phantom of the Opera,” reports director Eric Stauffer. “Pomp and Circumstance” is the processional and “Crown Imperial” is the recessional.

Batesville Singers will harmonize on "The Star-Spangled Banner"  and a song they chose called  "Days of Summer,” according to choir director Carla Thomas.

Principal Sherri Preston will welcome the crowd. Senior class President Drew Coleman and the valedictorian and salutation also will speak.

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