SEBRING — Wearing their caps and gowns and making their parents proud, about 717 School Board of Highlands County seniors will be accepting their high school diplomas at graduation ceremonies today and Saturday.
Avon Park High School will have close to 200 students graduating at 7 p.m. today at the Alan Jay Wildstein Center for the Performing Arts at South Florida State College.
Dannielle Roque and Alysia Ramirez will be the student speakers.
Each student can have up to eight guests so there is an expected crowd of about 1,400, according to Avon Park High teacher Penny Jahna.
The senior class motto is “Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory,” by Dr. Seuss.
Sebring High School will have approximately 350 graduates at its ceremony, which starts at 9 a.m. Saturday in the Highlands News-Sun Center at the Highlands County Fairgrounds.
Including school officials and families, there will be about 2,200 people at the graduation ceremony, according to Senior Class Advisor Susie Whitehead.
The student speakers will be Senior Class President Sara Luepschen and Honor Graduate Jennai Hagen.
The class song, “See You Again” by Charlie Puth, will be performed by Nala Price and Juan Lozada.
Sebring High School’s website notes that the 2017 graduation ceremony will be streamed live on the internet.
Due to recent upgrades of the network at the convention center, the 2017 graduation ceremony from the Highlands News-Sun Center will be broadcast on YouTube this year, the school website notes.
The School Board of Highlands County’s website has links to all the district schools at: www.highlands.k12.fl.us/sbhc.
Scroll down the Sebring High homepage for a link to the live stream, which starts at 8:45 a.m. Saturday.
Avon Park and Lake Placid high schools reported they are looking into providing a live stream of their graduations.
Lake Placid High School will have 167 seniors walk the stage at their graduation at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Alan Jay Wildstein Center for the Performing Arts at South Florida State College.
The student speakers will be Senior Class President Maria Gloria and Senior Class Member Kylie Daum.
Each senior receives seven tickets for guests, said Lake Placid High Administrative Secretary Belinda Hodge. “We will be able to give a few additional to those who requested extra.”