A select few of the Class of 2008 has "accomplished great things," and their December commencement exercises will be next Thursday. Thomson High School Assistant Principal Lynn Cato said there are 14 eligible graduates, including students who completed their requirements in summer school, who are programmed through AmeriCorps, and those who had to retake a portion of the graduation tests.
"So it's kind of exciting to see the different groups of kids. And the kids are very excited, very excited," Ms. Cato said.
The theme for this year's ceremony is a quote by Anatole France, "To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream, not only plan, but also believe."
The commencement address will be given by Eddie Lee Ivery. The alumnus of the THS Class of 1975 was a Bulldog star in the Brickyard who went on to become a running back for the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets and the Green Bay Packers. A cocaine addiction ended his football career and the successful lifestyle that came with it. But Mr. Ivery overcame his addiction and is now the Parent Involvement Coordinator for the McDuffie School System and part of the THS football coaching staff.
"I just think he has a very inspirational story," Ms. Cato said. "And some of these kids have had to struggle to get through school. So, I think he would be a good person to talk about perseverance, and about having dreams and keeping your eye on your dream."
The graduation ceremony is at 7 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 18, in the Thomson High School theater. A reception will be held in the school mall area immediately after the ceremony. The public is invited to attend.