PENDLETON — Starpoint's Class of 2015 walked the stage Friday night, the first of several graduation ceremonies in Eastern Niagara County this weekend.
The auditorium at Starpoint High School was packed with friends and family members of graduates. All five other eastern Niagara schools will hold their graduation ceremonies today.
Lockport High School will have 383 graduates in its class, assistant principal Todd Sukdolak said Friday. The ceremony will be held 1 p.m. today at Artpark in Lewiston.
The keynote speaker will be Mayor Anne McCaffrey, who is a Lockport High School graduate herself.
A seat will be kept empty amongst the graduating students on the stage, in honor of senior Mike Dmochowski, who was killed in a car accident in March while visiting a college.
“He would have been on the stage with the other graduates, so we're honoring him,” Sukdolak said.
Royalton-Hartland High School's graduation ceremony will be held at the high school, 54 State St., at 7 p.m. The graduating class is 120 students.
The keynote speaker for the class will be Roy-Hart graduate John Swick, who is the building principal in the Town of Webb Union Free School District. He is also the son of Middleport Police Chief John Swick.
Seventy-seven students will graduate in Barker High School's 9:30 a.m. ceremony. The keynote speaker will be class of 1967 alum David Cleveland, a former NASA employee who once served as associate director for mission assurance. He now serves as a consultant for NASA.
Wilson High School's graduation for 83 students will be held at 9 a.m. at Artpark.
Newfane High School seniors will graduate at 7 p.m. at the U.B. Fine Arts Center in Buffalo.