For the first time since 2019, Western Nevada College is recognizing its graduates this week with traditional commencement ceremonies.
The Fallon graduation ceremony is returning to Barkley Theatre in Oats Park Art Center. Commencement in Fallon is set for 9 a.m. Thursday with doors opening at 8 a.m.
“We are pleased to be able to offer our graduates a traditional ceremony in a format that families and the community know so well,” said J. Kyle Dalpe, WNC’s president. “Because of the safety concerns during the pandemic we offered a drive-through graduation ceremonies over the past three years. However, this year the timing is right to return to our tradition.”
Carson City’s commencement exercise recognized graduates on Monday with Maj. Gen. Ondra Berry, the Adjutant for the General for the Nevada National Guard, delivering the keynote address. Between the two ceremonies, 500 graduates are being recognized for 529 degrees and Certificates of Achievement. Of these graduates, 114 are Jump Start students who are receiving their associate degree before earning their high school diploma.
Dalpe will provide opening remarks in Fallon, present the grads and confer their degrees. WNC Outreach and Academic Adviser Kathryn Whitaker will provide the keynote address and ASWN President and 2023 Graduate Suzanna Stankute will speak to the graduating class.
Oasis Academy will hold high school graduation on Thursday, May 25 at 7 p.m., at Barkley Theatre, 151 E Park St, in Fallon.
Thirty-one students will graduate at the ceremony. Twenty-one graduates also have earned their associates degrees through Western Nevada College. The dual enrollment graduates will participate in the Western Nevada College graduation ceremony Thursday morning, graduating from college prior to graduating from high school.
This year's graduating class has just under $1 million in scholarships. Graduating seniors have been accepted into the University of Nevada, Reno, Texas A&M, Montana Western, Western Welding Academy, UNLV, Boise State University, College of Idaho, Northern Arizona University, Texas Tech, University of Colorado-Denver, Xavier University, Minot State University, Grand Canyon University, University of Arizona, McPherson College, Academy of Arts University, SCAD Academy of Art and two students will be joining the United States military.
The Churchill County High School graduation is Friday at 7 p.m. Graduates will receive their diplomas at the Edward Arciniega Athletic Complex.
Gates will open at 5:30 p.m., and the Churchill County Fairgrounds will not be available for overflow parking. Parking passes are required for the high-school’s back parking lot adjacent to the main building. The school district said the CBarR parking lot is open.
“On behalf of the staff at Churchill County School District, we wish everyone a very happy, healthy, and safe summer break and hope you have an incredible last week of school,” said Summer Stephens, superintendent of schools.
In her weekly update, she congratulated the class of 2023 and wishes the graduates the best of luck in their next endeavors.
“I would also like to thank our families and community for your support during my time as superintendent,” she said. “It had been an absolute pleasure to serve you all. I am sad to leave all of you but am confident I am leaving Churchill County School District in the best hands.”
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