You have to get up school-day early on a Saturday to graduate from Bryan County High School.
By 8 a.m., most of the 101 participating members of the Class of 2012 were on campus and had their caps and gowns on. After careful adjustments to hair, tassels and sashes, they posed for photos and shared laughs with classmates until the 9:30 ceremony. Meanwhile, the parking lot filled up as family members and friends stood in line to get the best available seats in the gym.
The school’s tradition of morning commencements makes sense to salutatorian Tyler Rogers.
“They get us in a routine of getting up and coming to school every morning and they want to keep us in that routine,” he said. “They don’t want us to feel like we’ve already graduated when we haven’t officially graduated till we’ve walked the stage.”
He played a dual role in making it official. Before speaking as salutatorian, Rogers, the 17-year-old son of Russell and Jalaine Rogers, soloed with Garth Brooks’ “The River” and got a standing ovation from classmates. Other times, he sings with a church ensemble and a contemporary gospel group.
Read more in the May 23 edition of the News.