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Planning for graduation ceremony in full swing

Graduation is a ceremony on a single night, but it’s the pinnacle of 13 years of formal education so seniors want it to be extra special.

That’s why elected class officers meet periodically throughout their senior year to plan a graduation ceremony that they hope will both reflect the uniqueness of their class and become a treasured memory.

Planning details of Holland High’s 142nd graduation ceremony on June 1 at 7 p.m. in the DeVos Fieldhouse are Kaitlyn Valk, Clara Bakker, Adam Karadsheh and Peter Woudenberg.

Advisors to the senior class officers are teachers Eva Eveleth and Sue Miller.

The work got under way in November when the senior class met with a representative of graduation supplier Herff Jones to hear about the ordering process for announcements and other items.

All 230 students on track for graduation were measured for caps and gowns around Thanksgiving.

Planning kicked into a higher gear in January, when the committee started considering other details, such as who to invite to give the keynote address, gifts for guest speakers, ordering flowers, etc.

It is also traditional for each class officer to speak during the ceremony.

In addition to graduation, seniors will attend a Honors Convocation on May 28 at 7 p.m. at the high school. A dessert buffet held at the conclusion of that event.

Parents have organized an optional Baccalaureate service on Sunday, May 31. This will be held at Christ Memorial Church at 2:00pm.

Parents are also planning an all-night after-graduation party for seniors. For more information, email Bonnie Coe at or Beth Seiler at