Eighty-nine Commerce High School students will reap the rewards of their public education careers Friday night at 8:00 when they receive their diplomas at the school’s annual commencement exercise on Tiger Field at Ray Lamb Stadium.
The Class of 2014 will march on the field to “Pomp and Circumstance,” by Elgar, performed by the Commerce Marching Band. After an invocation by class secretary Gayla Nicole Herbert and a welcome by senior class treasurer Chance McClure, four honor graduates — yet to be announced — will deliver addresses along the theme of “Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined!” from Henry David Thoreau.
Class president Nahum Mendoza will introduce guests, after which Angela Clay, CHS teacher of the year,” will recognize students for various awards. After principal Donnie Drew presents the class, superintendent of schools Joy Tolbert will confirm the graduation and Rodney Gary, chairman of the Commerce Board of Education, will present the diplomas.
Following the presentation of diplomas, Daniel Streetman will lead the closing prayer, after which the students and audience will sing the school’s alma mater and the students will march off the field to the band’s rendition of “Firework Music” by Handel.
Class officers are Mendoza, president; Zach Cheatham, vice president; Herbert, secretary; and McClure, treasurer.
Class sponsors are Johnnie Blair, chairman; Angela Clay, Matthew Dahlke and Mark Hale.
Zach Chatham is the valedictorian and Lily Mather is salutatorian.