The third winter graduation for Thomson High School will be held Wednesday, Dec. 19, in the school's auditorium. The ceremony is for students who completed state graduation requirements between May and December, and who have not participated previously in a ceremony.
There are approximately 12 students eligible to participate in the ceremony, according to Lynn Cato, the assistant principal in curriculum and instruction. The small number of students participating offers the chance for a more personal touch than the traditional ceremony. In previous winter graduation exercises, each student walked into the audience after receiving their diploma and presented their parent a rose and a hug.
"These students continued to persevere to reach the goal of graduation," Ms. Cato said previously. 'They have stuck it out. That takes a lot of motivation."
Winter graduation exercises began in 2005 when students who did not pass all portions of the Georgia High School Graduation Tests were no longer allowed to participate in the spring graduation exercise. In the past, those students were supposed to return to summer school to complete their requirements.
The auditorium will be decorated in black and gold for the ceremony, which will be a traditional one minus the student speakers. The guest speaker will be Thomson High School Principal Rudy Falana Lifetouch Photography will take photographs, just as they do for the spring graduation.
Ms. Cato said the community, parents, school faculty and staff and members of the Class of 2007 are invited to attend the graduation, which will take place at 7 p.m. A reception in the school cafeteria for the graduates and their immediate families will follow the ceremony.