Dixie Hatfield, Moffat County High School head custodian, sets up chairs Monday morning in the MCHS gym in preparation for graduation ceremonies, which take place at 10 a.m. Saturday. Other events are scheduled this week at the high school, including an awards ceremony Tuesday and a baccalaureate ceremony Wednesday. Both events take place at 7 p.m. in the MCHS auditorium, 900 Finley Lane.

Photo by Bridget Manley

Dixie Hatfield, Moffat County High School head custodian, sets up chairs Monday morning in the MCHS gym in preparation for graduation ceremonies, which take place at 10 a.m. Saturday. Other events are scheduled this week at the high school, including an awards ceremony Tuesday and a baccalaureate ceremony Wednesday. Both events take place at 7 p.m. in the MCHS auditorium, 900 Finley Lane.

The call of commencement

MCHS gears up for graduation, year-end ceremonies

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If you go …

What: Moffat County High School awards and National Honor Society ceremony

When: 7 p.m. today

Where: MCHS auditorium, 900 Finley Lane

If you go …

What: MCHS baccalaureate ceremony

When: 7 p.m. Wednesday

Where: MCHS auditorium, 900 Finley Lane

If you go …

What: MCHS graduation

When: 10 a.m. Saturday

Where: MCHS gym, 900 Finley Lane

— A shuttle service will begin at around 9 a.m. from the Kmart parking lot, 1198 W. Victory Way. For more information about graduation or other ceremonies at MCHS, call the school at 824-7036.

Coming Saturday:

To read more about the class of 2012, look for the latest Moffat Monthly in the Saturday Morning Press.

A painting with the numbers “2012” in fiery red lettering hung in the Moffat County High School gymnasium Monday morning.

“It’s not the end,” it read. “It’s just the beginning.”

The artwork and a stage set up beneath it were among the first signs that both an end and a beginning are approaching for the class of 2012.

Graduation ceremonies are scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday at the MCHS gym, 900 Finley Lane.

Doors open at 7:30 a.m. Saturday, and attendees are encouraged to arrive early, “because you’re not going to find a seat at 10 o’ clock,” MCHS Principal Thom Schnellinger said.

A shuttle service will begin at around 9 a.m. at the Kmart parking lot, 1198 W. Victory Way. Handicap parking and seating also will be available at the high school.

About 3,000 people on average fill the gym every year to watch graduating seniors receive their diplomas, Schnellinger said.

“It really is one of the bigger events in the county,” he said.

Graduating senior April Rogers will offer a welcome speech Saturday, while her classmates John Kirk and Brittany Madigan will offer commencement and farewell speeches, respectively.

In an MCHS tradition, the top senior boy and girl will be announced at graduation, although their names will remain “a tightly held secret” until the ceremony, Schnellinger said.

As of Monday, 121 students were scheduled to graduate, but that number is unofficial, he said.

Commencement ceremonies are the capstone of a series of year-end activities that begins with a high school awards and National Honor Society ceremony 7 p.m. today at the MCHS auditorium. The event includes scholarship presentations and awards given by various academic departments.

Baccalaureate, a faith-based ceremony organized by the Craig Ministerial Alliance, is scheduled for 7 p.m. Wednesday in the MCHS auditorium. The event is open to seniors and their family and friends, said David Pressgrove, Ministerial Alliance member and Bear River Young Life area director.

Doug Field, of Craig Christian Church, will present this year’s baccalaureate speech. The retiring MCHS math teacher also is the parent of graduating senior Jordan Field, Pressgrove said.

Ministerial Alliance members are asking local churches to help encourage turnout to the event, he said.

“The more people who are there in that setting, we think, is an important statement about the community of faith being behind students and their future,” he said.

For more information about graduation and other year-end ceremonies at MCHS, call the school at 824-7036.

Bridget Manley can be reached at 875-1793 or bmanley@craigdailypress.com.

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