Thousands will gather on Friday to watch the Louisa County High School Class of 2017 toss their graduation caps into the air.
LCHS Principal Lee Downey, who is the former middle school principal, led this group of students all but one year since they entered sixth grade. Tom Smith was the principal during their freshman year of high school.
“It’s a very tight-knit class, one that is very respectful, and I see great things about to happen as they enter the world,” Downey said. “I’m excited for our future, for our community, because of the students we have in the class of 2017.”
School officials said that 317 graduate candidates are expected to walk across the stage Friday, May 19 to receive their diplomas. Six will accept their associate’s degrees.
Commencement will be held on the football field at 6:30 p.m., where the longstanding School Board and Community Award, the Dr. A. R. Southall Award, Harry Nuckols Award and Clyde Morris Award will also be presented.
Should there be a change in the weather forecast for Friday, the ceremony will be moved inside the high school gymnasium.
Graduate candidates were given five tickets each to give to family members or others to attend. A sixth ticket was provided to seniors who attended both the morning and evening awards programs on Wednesday.
Anyone who does not have a ticket to the event will be given access after the Class of 2016 has marched onto the field and taken their seats. The gates will then reopen and others will be allowed inside. However, they will not be able to sit in the stadium.
In addition to hearing the principal and class valedictorian and salutatorian speak, each graduate will be called upon to accept their diploma.
Graduates will also receive the traditional one dollar coin immediately afterward, to represent the first dollar they earn immediately following graduation.