The annual ritual of graduation returned to Saucon Valley High School Friday night with commencement exercises for the Class of 2019, which were held in the school’s auditorium, where approximately 165 graduates turned their mortarboard tassles and the page to a new chapter in life.
At their meeting Tuesday night, the Saucon Valley School Board approved several changes to the 2018-2019 school calendar. The changes were necessitated by two additional snow days the district used this winter.
Friday was an emotional, exciting evening for members of the Saucon Valley Class of 2017, as well as family members and friends, who attended Commencement exercises in the Saucon Valley High School auditorium and witnessed their transition from high school students to high school graduates.
More than 180 students graduated from Saucon Valley High School Friday night in a memorable ceremony that was punctuated with much laughter and a few tears. The ceremony was noteworthy for being superintendent Monica McHale-Small’s first since she arrived at Saucon last summer, and she reminisced on her first impressions of the school district, which she called an exceptionally nice place. It was also noteworthy for who wasn’t there. Jose Angel Mojica–a Saucon student who died two years ago from acute lymphoblastic leukemia–would have graduated with the Class of 2015 had he lived. In recognition of that fact, Mojica’s parents were presented with his diploma, and principal Eric Kahler commented that all the members of the senior class had signed a yearbook that would also be given to them.
Correction: A previous version of this story included an incorrect starting time for the ceremony. The graduation ceremony will begin at 7 p.m.
Saucon Valley High School’s Class of 2015 will graduate on Friday, June 12. The ceremony–which will be held in the high school auditorium–will begin at 7 p.m., and there will be parking restrictions in place to accommodate what’s expected to be a large turnout. According to a news alert from the Saucon Valley School District, all parking spots in the first two rows of the main high school “student” lot will be reserved for handicapped parking access. “If possible, we ask families to carpool to the school to reduce the amount of cars at the school so that all parking needs can be met,” the news release said.
Eleven high school graduation ceremonies that will be held at Lehigh University’s Stabler Arena on its Goodman Campus near Hellertown will affect traffic on Saucon Valley roads between Wednesday, June 3, and Friday, June 12. The commencement exercises will be for some of the largest graduating classes from throughout the Lehigh Valley area–including Liberty High School, whose graduation will be held Wednesday, June 3 at 7 p.m.
Below is a list of the dates and times of the scheduled graduation ceremonies published by Lehigh University. According to the Lehigh Sports website, Stabler Arena will open one hour prior to the start of each ceremony, and start times are subject to change.
Wednesday, June 3, 2015
Thursday, June 4, 2015
Friday, June 5, 2015
Saturday, June 6, 2015
Northwestern Lehigh HS