“Do not follow where the path may lead. Go, instead, where there is no path and leave a trail.”
Members of the Perrysburg High School Class of 2012 chose this Ralph Waldo Emerson quote as their motto to inspire themselves as they graduate Sunday.
The commencement ceremony, which will take place at the Stranahan Theater, will celebrate the graduation of about 340 students. Principal Michael P. Short said all students will be congratulated equally during the ceremony, despite any additional personal achievements.
Honors students, who were recognized during a separate event, will be acknowledged in the program but not individually during the ceremony, he said.
Three class leaders will address their fellow students during the commencement, Mr. Short said. Senior class president Carmen Alkire will be the first student speaker, followed by salutatorian Matthew O’Connor, and concluding with valedictorian Tess Gao.
“The speakers will be reflecting on their experiences here at Perrysburg,” Mr. Short said.
In addition to the three students, Mr. Short will give the Passing of the Light of Knowledge address and will make closing remarks. The wind ensemble, percussion ensemble, and senior choir will lend their musical talents to the event.
Although the Perrysburg High School commencement ceremony is a standard graduation in its features, Mr. Short said the ceremony stands apart from others because of the respectful manner with which the school treats it.
“We tend to be very formal in our approach to the ceremony and very traditional,” he said. “We take it with some dignity, and I don’t want to say reverence, but there’s a little bit of something special. While it’s a celebration, it’s not a raucous one.”