With the last school day and thus graduation looming closer and closer, seniors at Temple City High School (TCHS) are in the process of finally checking out of high school.
Even though, as senior Esther Cai, who will be attending the University of California, Riverside next fall, says, “it still hasn’t really sunk in yet because I still [have] some classes for which I [have] to do work.”
The first of the upcoming events is the senior finals.
Seniors will begin taking their finals Friday, June 11th. The finals then continue on Monday, June 15th and Tuesday, June 16th.
Seniors are obligated to take their finals earlier than the rest of the school, because when the underclassmen are taking their finals, seniors will be busy with mandatory graduation rehearsals.
The next milestone that seniors reach is Baccalaureate at St. Luke’s church on Sunday, June 14th.
Baccalaureate is a non-denominational inspirational program that will begin at 3:00 p.m. Graduating seniors must wear their graduation gowns but not caps over formal attire.
The graduation itself will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, June 19 at the Arthur North Field at TCHS.
Each graduate will receive 6 tickets to portion out to friends and family, who will be seated on the bleachers overlooking the field. The procedure to the ceremony itself is mostly privy only to those who have previously attended graduations.
Cai states that “I’m completely clueless about it [graduation] because they don’t really clue us in until rehearsals.”
Immediately following graduation is the Class of 2009 All-Night Party, affectionately known as “Grad Nite” to all those involved. It will be held at the high school itself from 10:00 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. and will involve dancing, a casino, rides, and an all-you-can-eat-buffet.
The theme of the 2009 Grad Nite is “I love L.A.”
Members of public will be invited to take tours of the Hollywood-themed festivities for a $2 donation. The tours will take place from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. before the graduates arrive.
Senior Andy Huang, a future Massachusetts Institute of Technology student, feels that Grad Nite is important because “it’ll be the last I see of a lot of classmates, [even if] I’ll see the people who I’ve gotten really close [during] the summer.”
This article was written by Angela Wen. It was published today in the Temple City Voice.