245 seniors graduating June 1

The Princeton High School Class of 2012 will have its graduation ceremony inside the PHS gym on Friday, June 1, starting at 7 p.m.

Seating capacity is 2,150 and tickets (they are free) will be needed to get in. Parents of each graduate have been sent four tickets, with the option to obtain more tickets at PHS on June 1, starting at 4 p.m.

The school administration expects to graduate 245 seniors in the Class of 2012, whose class flower is the calla lily and the class motto is “You can’t outdo the Class of 1-2.” The class colors are black, orange and white, the school colors.

Six speakers are scheduled – co-valedictorians Karen Pelletier and Bailey Stottrup, and co-salutatorians Stephanie Kent and Erica Preister, as well as student speaker Tom Crawford from the graduating class, and guest speaker PHS English teacher and speech team advisor Thor Mattick.

The PHS Symphonic Winds will play the traditional “Pomp and Circumstance” for the processional at the start of the ceremony. Senior class president Kelly McClay will then lead everyone in the Pledge of Allegiance.

The Symphonic Winds, under the direction of PHS band director Jim Baxter, will play a number before the speakers take the podium to speak.

Choir director Mark Potvin will then direct the Concert Choir in a number. Superintendent Rick Lahn will next give congratulatory remarks to the seniors and PHS Principal Pete Olson will present the Class of 2012.

The awarding of the diplomas follows, and presenting them will be Olson, Lahn, Assistant Principals Darin Laabs and Emorie Colby, plus school board members Dennis Dehn, Jim Gibbs, Craig Johnson, Erin Johnson, Kathy Kraft, Jeremy Miller and Eric Minks.

The Symphonic Winds will play the recessional as the graduates are dismissed.

Many of the graduates will be attending an all-night graduation party in a decorated Princeton Middle School that evening after the graduation ceremony.