By Kaley Lynch email@example.com
Lockport Union-Sun & Journal
Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — This weekend, high school seniors from local schools will walk across stages toward their future lives and careers.
Graduations for Lockport, Newfane, Wilson, Barker, and Royalton-Hartland high schools will be held this Saturday. Graduation for Starpoint High School will be held Friday night.
Starpoint’s graduation will be held at 7 p.m. in the school auditorium. This is the 11th year commencement has been held at the school, high school principal Gil Licata said. District superintendent Douglas Whelan will address the students. Each student has received five tickets for friends and family, and a closed-circuit telecast of the graduation ceremony will be shown in the Student Dining Room for guests who did not receive an admission ticket.
Lockport’s commencement will be held at 1 p.m. at Artpark. Approximately 377 students will be graduating, principal Frank Movalli said. The keynote speaker will be Dr. Domenico Cavaiuolo, a 1972 graduate of Lockport High School and a professor of education at East Stroudsburg University in Pennsylvania. Also speaking will be valedictorian Nse Obot, salutatorian Sarah Chatt, and class co-presidents Kennedy Smith and Roserita DiMillo.
Each graduating senior will receive five tickets for family and friends to attend the ceremony.
Newfane’s commencement will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday at the University at Buffalo’s Fine Arts Center. Class size is expected to be about 137, principal Thomas Stack said. Keynote speakers will be physical education teacher and varsity basketball coach Eric Klumpp, who graduated from Newfane in 1998, class president Jordan Camarre, and valedictorian Daniel Gysbers. Interim superintendent Michael Wendt will present the Agnes Clark Brown scholarship, a $4,000 per year award.
Stack said he will also be recognizing students based on honor, merit, and distinction.
Barker Sr. High’s graduation will take place at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, in the high school auditorium. Class size is 79. The keynote speaker will be George Wilson, a 1957 graduate of Barker who is a professor in horticulture at North Carolina State University, superintendent Roger Klatt said.
“He’s a world-renowned horticulturalist who has done work in Europe and South America and is an expert in bananas and sweet potatoes,” Klatt said.
Roy-Hart’s commencement will take place in front of the school at 7 p.m., and Klatt, who is also superintendent for Roy-Hart, said they are expecting good weather. Class size is expected to be around 110.
Commencement for Wilson High School seniors will take place at 9 a.m. Saturday at Artpark. A class of about 120 will be graduating. No tickets are required.Contact reporter Kaley Lynch at 439-9222 ext. 6245