With the end of the 2018-19 school year near, Garden City High School will celebrate both current and former students this weekend, with its 132nd commencement and latest Hall of Fame induction ceremony.
The Hall of Fame induction ceremony will come first on Friday, when retired local educator Beth Tedrow of Garden City and former Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference commissioner and National Junior College Athletic Association president Bryce Roderick of Golden, Mo., are inducted into the hall.
Before the induction ceremony, tours of GCHS will be conducted starting at 5:30 p.m., then a buffet dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m. in the GCHS Commons Area. The induction ceremony is set for 7:30 p.m. Guests must make dinner reservations by Wednesday by calling (620) 805-7013.
Since 1984, GCHS has honored one local and one non-local GCHS alumnus each year by inducting them into the school’s Hall of Fame, making note of their accomplishments and presenting positive role models for current students. To date, 66 people have been inducted.
Tedrow is a 1955 GCHS graduate who earned her associate degree from Garden City Junior College, bachelor’s degree from the University of Kansas and a master’s from Fort Hays State University. She was a math and science teacher at GCHS and math instructor, dean of women, counselor, recruitment coordinator, director of admissions and dean of student services at Garden City Community College. The college’s student center was named in her honor. She has given back by serving on many local and state associations and organizations.
Roderick graduated from GCHS in 1963 and earned his bachelor’s degree from Oklahoma State University and master’s from the United States Sports Academy. He worked as a local business owner, was involved in community organizations and became athletics director at GCCC before going on to become assistant commissioner and eventually commissioner of the KJCCC. He later was elected president of the NJCAA, before retiring in 2018. During his tenure, he received numerous awards from the NJCAA.
On Saturday, attention will turn to this year’s graduates at the high school’s commencement ceremony, which will begin at 7 p.m. in the main GCHS gym.
Each graduate will receive six tickets, which will be given out only at graduation practices on Thursday and Friday. Seniors are required to attend one practice, and no tickets will be passed out after 4 p.m. Friday.
Guests should begin seating at 5:30 p.m. at the gym and not move during the ceremony unless leaving. They should not bring balloons, air horns or anything else that would distract from the ceremony.
Commencement will be broadcast on large screens in the GCHS auditorium, Buffalo Broadcasting System cable channel 21 and at the GCHS Buffaloes YouTube channel for those who do not have tickets.
Seniors should dress in semi-formal or business casual wear, and no shorts, tank tops or flip-flops are allowed. Shoes or sandals are required. Any students’ bags or purses will be confiscated and kept locked at the school until Monday, and cellphones are not allowed. The tops of caps cannot be decorated.
Following the ceremony, the school will host Project Graduation, a safe, alcohol-free, night-long party for the new graduates. It will last from 9:45 p.m. Saturday to 2 a.m. Sunday at the Garden City Family YMCA.