Ninety-three Seniors are set to receive their well-deserved diplomas at the Seminole County Middle/High School Class of 2023 Graduation and Commencement Program to be held at the Jesse McLeod Gymnasium beginning at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, May 26. The doors will open at 6:00 p.m. and will close at 7:20 p.m. All guests must have a ticket.
The ceremony will open with the processional of the Class of 2023 followed by the Pledge of Allegiance recited by Rand Mims, the invocation from Shivani Kapadia and a welcome from Kathryn Baxter.
Valedictorian Will Miller will present his Valedictory Address followed by the Presentation of Diplomas from Seminole County School Superintendent Mark Earnest, SCMHS Principal Shane Purdy, SCMHS Assistant Principal Mary Jean Albritton, and SCMHS Counselor Natalie Horne.
The ceremony will conclude with the Alma Mater led by Will Walker, the changing of the tassels led by Will Miller, and the recessional of the Class of 2023.
Each graduate’s family will have reserved seats together in the gym. If a graduate wants to give his/her tickets to another classmate who needs more than the allotted nine tickets, then the extra people will be required to sit with the family of the student who is giving the extra ticket(s) away.
The graduation will be live on Facebook. Cameras will be set up close to the stage so that the quality is very clear. There will not be an overflow crowd area for people to watch it in the cafeteria on a TV.
Etiquette for Seminole County
High School Graduation
The graduates deserve a dignified ceremony. In order to provide a distinguished and memorable commencement exercise, all members of the audience are expected to comply with the following requests:
All guests in the gymnasium must be seated as soon as they arrive.
Do not cheer, whistle, or call out to individuals as diplomas are presented.
Refrain from all conversation during the ceremony.
Hold applause until ALL diplomas have been presented. To honor a graduate, please stand quietly when the graduate’s name is called. All graduates will be honored with a moment of applause near the end of the ceremony.
Turn cell phones and pagers off.
Those who exit the gymnasium during the ceremony will not be allowed to re-enter.
Your cooperation in these matters is greatly appreciated.
No balloons or any items that might obstruct viewing will be allowed in the gym.
Junior Marshalls for the graduation ceremony are Ethan Michael Ausley, Lanie Elizabeth Brown, Jeb Vincent Burke, Sara Jo Fain, Emma Elizabeth Harrell, Kennadi Danelle Jones, Landon Joel Kirkland, Madison Nicole Martin, Kerionna LaShiah Moore, Kelsey Ada Nunnery, Gabrielle Lavonne Parker, Mackenzie Lauren Rigdon, Ellie Kate Stewart, Ashlyn Marie Thompson, amd Arabella Calyx Touchton.
This year’s Seminole County High School Honor Graduates are those students who have maintained at least a 90 cumulative grade point average throughout their high school years. The student with the highest overall grade point average for the graduating class is named the Class Valedictorian and the student with the second highest grade point average is the Class Salutatorian. Students who earn a 97 – 100 grade point average receive Superintendent’s honors, students who earn a 93 – 96 grade point average receive Principal’s honors and students who earn a 90 – 92 grade point average receive honors.
The 2023 SCHS Honor Graduates are Valedictorian Will Miller, Salutatorian Lillie Hornsby, Will Walker, Shivani Kapadia, Kathryn Baxter, Rand Mims, Pashan Stamper, Jo Beth Kelley, Jesse Ramer, Royce Robinson, Gracie King, BethAnn Smith, Ma’laya Torres, Maggie Palmer, Kearston Shuler, Harsh Patel, and Crystal Smith; students receiving Principal’s Honors are Jaleah Scarborough, Savanna Holmes, Owen Welch, Anna Beth Hinton, Kabrelle Smith, Reed Whittaker, Malachi Coachman, Zaravion Calloway, Brian Sims, Chayan Williams, Boris Melton, Glenn Minto, Indiya Williams, and Allison Robinson; students receiving Honors are Dremia Murphy, Key’Shyriah West, Luke Humphries, Luke Foster, Jacob Herring, Maggie Myrick, Mia Pugh, Savannah Alderman, Ashlee Gonzalez, Mitchell Blanks, Kaitlyn Ross, Ryoshawn Brown, Hugh Scarborough, Zay’Shaun Sol, Sierra Barber, RaiQuanzo Powell, Raven Jackson, and Kimora