It’s graduation time
It's time for seniors to bid farewell to their institutions this weekend in Baldwin City as Baldwin High School and Baker University will be celebrating commencements.
The first ceremony will be for BHS seniors. The graduation begins at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Baldwin Junior High School gym. The speaker will be Greg Crew, a 1984 graduate of BHS and decorated veteran in the U.S. Marines.
This year's time was moved back to allow state tennis players a chance to return home. Senior Chris Irick, the lone state qualifier, was glad to see the time changed.
"I wasn't sure if they would do it or not, but I am glad that I will be able to get back for it," Irick said.
There will be 93 seniors graduating Saturday. BHS senior Austin Inzer said he has mixed feelings about graduation.
"I'm a little nervous, because I am finishing high school," Inzer said. "It's been a good four years, but I'm ready to move on."
Baker will be celebrating the commencement for the College of Arts and Sciences along with the School of Nursing at 1 p.m. Sunday at Collins Center.
The speaker at Baker's ceremony will be Thomas M. Hoenig, president and CEO of Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City.
There will be 125 graduates from the CAS walking along with 41 from the School of Nursing. The graduates are part of the class of Senatus Romanus, a traditional Baker designation, and will begin their walk at the corner of Eighth and Grove streets.
"I'm ready for graduation," BU senior Erin Wright said. "I'm really excited about my plans for next year. I'm going to graduate school at KU to get my degree in social work."
One thing graduates will have to deal with after commencement will be losing contact with friends.
"I have a lot of younger friends that I will keep in touch with," Inzer said. "I am sure I will make new friends."