GWINN, Mich. (WLUC) Hundreds were in attendance for the 107th graduation ceremony for Gwinn High School on Sunday. 62 graduates walked across the stage to receive their diplomas. Many have plans to attend college in the fall or begin their career in the work force, while three students have chosen to serve their country.
"It's just a great culmination of all their hard work, and the work of their parents and family members who have pushed them," said Tom Jayne, Superintendent of Gwinn Area Community Schools. "It's a glorious day and we're proud of our graduates. We're in good hands leading into the future with this class, I can attest to that. This is an outstanding graduating class. They're going to help lead our future and we're proud of them today."
Graduates and attendees also listened to several speeches by administrators, as well as the class's salutatorian, Nicole Usher, and the commencement speaker, Mr. Chris Swanson.
Swanson is a Gwinn Middle School teacher who was hand picked by the graduates to speak. Many of the seniors graduating today have kept in touch with Mr. Swanson since having him as a teacher in middle school. During his speech, Swanson reminded the graduates that hard work and especially kindness will lead them to a successful post-graduate life.
The graduation was also filled with musical performances. The Gwinn Concert Band performed"Pomp and Circumstance" during the processional, and graduates performed the song "For Good" from the Broadway musical Wicked and "Piano Man" by Billy Joel.
The graduation ceremony will be aired on television thanks to Charter Communications on Tuesday, May 31st at 7:00 p.m. on channel 188. Recordings of the commencement ceremony will also be available for purchase. To place an order call 906-401-0614.