Area seniors get ready to turn tassels |

Area seniors get ready to turn tassels

From the 10-member graduating class at Alpine Christian Academy in Basalt to the 156 anxious upper classmen at Rifle High School, area high seniors are ready for one of the most memorable of life’s events: graduation day.Family members, friends, teachers and administrators welcome members of the public to celebrate in the pomp and circumstance, enjoy the entertainment, and listen to guest speakers, including professionals, politicians, staff members and students, offer wise words to those preparing for the challenges that lie ahead.Below is a list of ceremony times and locations. In the event of rain, outdoor ceremonies will move indoors at their planned locations.-Basalt High School commencement address 10 a.m. Saturday, May 25, in the school gymnasium. This year’s speaker is Werner Anderson, longtime English teacher at Basalt High School. Call 384-5959 for details.-Commencement exercises for the first graduating class at Alpine Christian Academy in Basalt will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday, June 2, at La Certe Ranch, located on Red Hill near Carbondale. The three valedictorians and principal William Collins will speak. Dress is formal. A traditional baccalaureate service precedes the ceremony at 4 p.m. Saturday, June 1, at Aspen Community Church. Call 927-9106 for details.-Colorado Rocky Mountain School in Carbondale will hold its graduation ceremonies at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 1, in front of the Barn. Two students and two staff members, selected by the student body, will speak. Call 963-2562 for details.-Roaring Fork High School’s graduation ceremonies will begin at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 25, in the gymnasium. The guest speaker will be announced at the event. Call 384-5757 for details. -Glenwood Springs High School’s commencement exercises will begin at 4 p.m. Saturday, May 25, at Stubler Memorial Field. This year’s speakers, selected by students, are GSHS teacher and athletic coach Craig Denney, and Sopris Elementary School music teacher Lorie Beattie Courier. Scholarships and awards will be announced at the ceremony, and will be formally presented at a special ceremony, beginning at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 23, in the gymnasium. Call 384-5555 for details.-Yampah Mountain High School in Glenwood Springs will hold commencement exercises beginning at 10 a.m. Friday, May 24, on the deck at Sunlight Mountain Resort. Speakers are members of the school staff and student body. A potluck for staff, friends and family will follow. The public is welcome. -Rifle High School’s commencement exercises will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 25, at Bears Stadium. Dr. Earl Reum of the Difference Makers will be the guest speaker.-Grand Valley High School graduation ceremonies will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 25, in the school gymnasium. Guest speaker is Parachute mayor John Loschke. Call 285-7561 for details.

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