It’s all over but the hat toss.
Graduation and commencement ceremonies will be held tonight at 7 p.m. at the St. Michael-Albertville High School gymnasium as the Class of 2015 joins the ranks of STMA alumni.
According to the most recent data, more than 380 students will receive their diplomas tonight, joining the 14 students from Knights’ Academy – the district’s alternative learning program – bringing this year’s class in at just under 400 students.
It will be the last time for the foreseeable future a class that small walks the stage at commencement. The Class of 2016 will be the district’s first in a run of classes over 400, and the current third and fourth grade classes are well over 450 students. That means STMA High, built to house about 1,800, will be near capacity in a few short years.
This year’s class features more than two dozen honor students, future members of the United States Armed Forces, several national award winners, unprecedented success in athletic and academic achievement (including the highest ACT scores, collectively as a class, achieved by an STMA graduating class) and success in advanced placement classes. This year’s group also had a number of students in post-secondary educational outreach (PSEO), which is an opportunity for juniors and seniors to study in collegiate classes prior to high school graduation.
Congratulations to graduates around North Wright County – including Monticello High School, Elk River High School (Otsego) and Buffalo High School – from the North Wright County Today!.