Your Opinion: JCHS graduation organizers lauded

Dear Editor:

Wow. I attended the 2011 JCHS graduation and had no idea I could be so proud of my younger brother. It was a joy to cheer for him and for his friends and classmates. I enjoyed the ceremony and was pleased at the level of energy and excitement among the graduating class and all of their family and friends who came out to support them.

I applaud the effort of the administrators, educators, and staff who worked to put on such a wonderful commencement ceremony and to move the ceremony indoors at the last minute.

To manage a graduation of 622 enthused seniors and their families is no small task. To manage to graduate 622 students is an even greater and more honorable act. Each administrator and educator at JCHS deserves to be applauded for their hours of work and effort, rather than rebuked and told to be ashamed because of a full field house of graduates and proud parents and family.

Congratulations and much gratitude to the administrators, staff, and school board, who have graduated a group of students with a good sense of humor that are clearly excited about their education and the opportunities that await them.

JCHS graduation is divided into many parts: a Seal of Excellence ceremony, a baccalaureate ceremony, a commencement ceremony, and project graduation.

I suggest to anyone who wants a quiet, reverent ceremony that they attend the baccalaureate, which is a celebration of our seniors and of lives dedicated to learning and wisdom. This year’s baccalaureate was a lovely ceremony and very well organized. Hats off again to JCHS administration and staff.

While the students and staff may change, excellence is one thing that has not changed in the Jefferson City Public School system.

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