Graduations, legislative coffee on tap for weekend

5/16/2013

By The Telegram

By The Telegram

It's graduation weekend in Garden City.

At 7 p.m. Friday, Garden City Community College will conduct its 93rd commencement ceremony in the main gymnasium of the Dennis Perryman Athletic Complex with more than 340 associate degree and certificate candidates.

The ceremony will include a keynote address by Bill Snyder, Kansas State University head football coach, and recognition of distinguished guest Dr. Nathan A. Strandmark, family physician at Plaza Medical Center and GCCC student from 1995-1997.

The ceremony is open to the public.

In addition to prelude selections and a processional featuring Edward Elgar's traditional "Pomp and Circumstance," the program includes presentation of colors by the Buffalo Battalion Junior ROTC Color Guard of Garden City High School; a welcome, introductions and conferring of degrees by Herbert J. Swender, president; and recognition of Outstanding Student Award recipients by Ryan Ruda, vice president of student services/athletic director.

The graduating class is to be recognized by Bruce Exstrom, vice president of instructional services, and Ruda. Dr. Merilyn Douglass, chair of the Board of Trustees, is planning to introduce Strandmark and Swender will introduce Snyder.

Musical elements of the program include the GCCC Alma Mater and Ruth Elaine Schram's "By Your Side And In Your Heart," by the GCCC Concert Choir, conducted by J. Clayton Wright, choral music director. Carolyn Klassen, piano-organ instructor, is serving as organist.

On Saturday, it's Garden City High School's turn.

The Garden City High School Baccalaureate ceremony is at 10 a.m. Saturday in the GCHS auditorium, 2720 Buffalo Way Blvd. This will be the start of a day of celebration for the commencement exercises that will be held that evening.

Commencement exercises for the 126th Garden City High School Senior Class are at 7 p.m. Saturday at the GCHS stadium, 2720 Buffalo Way Blvd. If there is inclement weather, the event may be moved indoors. Any weather-related decision will be made around noon on Saturday.

The high school administration is requesting that guests do not bring air horns or other noise-making devices to distract from the graduation ceremony.

Guests are asked to enter the stadium and be seated in the grandstands.

The audience is asked not to move from their places unless they are leaving. The graduation ceremony will also be broadcast live on Buffalo Broadcasting System cable channel 21.

Project Graduation is 10 p.m. to 3 a.m. Saturday at the YMCA, 1224 Center St. Project Graduation is a safe, positive night-long festivity that keeps graduates from participating in risky and dangerous behaviors, such as parties that may allow alcohol consumption.

The GCHS Hall of Fame induction ceremony is at 7:30 p.m. on Friday at the GCHS commons area 2720 Buffalo Way Blvd. The public is invited to attend the ceremony. Stewart Nelson and David Wiebe are the inductees.

Other things going on this weekend include:

* Performances of "Clue: The Musical" will be 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the State Theatre in downtown Garden City. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for students. For more information, contact the Garden City Recreation Commission at 276-1200.

* The Garden City Area Chamber of Commerce is hosting a legislative coffee at 9 a.m. Saturday at St. Catherine Hospital in Classroom B. A complimentary breakfast will be provided.

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