Over 190 Alcorn County seniors are anxiously waiting with cap and gown in hand for Saturday to arrive.
Commencement ceremonies for the three county high schools will take place on Saturday, May 14 at the Crossroads Arena.
The full day of pomp and circumstance begins with Alcorn Central graduating 81 seniors at 12 p.m., followed by Kossuth and their 80 seniors at 3 p.m., concluding at 6 p.m. with Biggersville graduating 31 students of the senior class.
This will the second year in a row the district will hold all three graduations on the same day at the same location. The 3-in-1 decision was made to reduce cost, as the arena charges the school district $3,000 per day.
Alcorn Superintendent Brandon Quinn says there are other benefits from the schedule.
“I think it creates a way for all the schools to work together for the seniors’ special day,” said Quinn. “It also allows school staff and parents who have connections to other schools, like a niece or nephew, to attend multiple graduations.”
The 2021-22 school year has been the closest thing to normal Alcorn County students have had in over a year. Due to the Covid pandemic, students and school faculty have been victim to canceled events, distance learning, and shuffled scheduling. Quinn believes powering through those difficult times made the students of Alcorn County tough as nails.
“It’s been difficult these past two years,” said Quinn, “but I think this shows just how resilient these students are. They worked hard through it all and we’re all very proud of them.”
Corinth High School will also hold their graduation at the Crossroads Arena, only several weeks later due to the school’s modified schedule. CHS gradation will be held on Saturday, June 4 at 2 p.m.
Other Crossroads-area high school graduations:
Thrasher High School – May 19 at 6 p.m.
Booneville High School – May 19 at 7 p.m.
Walnut High School – May 19 at 7 p.m.
New Site High School – May 19 at 8 p.m.
Jumpertown High School – May 20 at 6 p.m.
McNairy Central High School – May 20 at 7 p.m.
Falkner High School – May 20 at 7 p.m.
Wheeler High School – May 20 at 8 p.m.
Tishomingo County High School – May 21 at 2 p.m.