Lawrence and Free State high schools will both hold their graduation ceremonies at Allen Fieldhouse.
The year of firsts comes to an end today for Free State High School as it graduates its first class of seniors.
And for 471 Lawrence High School, 108 Free State High School and 68 Alternative High School graduates, the end of the line and the start of the future begins when they accept their diplomas at Kansas University's Allen Fieldhouse.
Free State graduation begins at 4 p.m. and graduation for Lawrence High School begins at 7 p.m. Students from the Alternative High School had the option of choosing either ceremony.
Both ceremonies will feature student speakers. Speakers for Free State High School will be Aidan Loveland, Sarah Tacha and JaNell Kaleikini. Loveland will speak on ``The Difference,'' Tacha will speak on ``Being First is Just Being First'' and Kaleikini will speak on ``The Wings of a Firebird.''
Speakers for Lawrence High School will be Rhiannon Meyer and Kizzie Ricks. Meyer's speech is titled ``Today is Our Day'' and Ricks will speak about ``Another Level, Another Step.''
The Free State valedictorian is Aidan Loveland. The eight Lawrence High valedictorians are Laura Darnell, Kristy Johnson, Marisa Porzig, Matthew Ring, Luke Shulenburger, Hana Takusagawa, Christopher Wilkins and Elizabeth Yoder.
All valedictorians have 4.0 grade point averages.
In addition, Free State will announce the teacher of the year award and Lawrence High will announce the outstanding senior award and the senior class choice for outstanding teacher.
After the ceremonies, Lawrence graduates are invited to a parent-sponsored party at the Granada, 1020 Mass. The party begins at 11 p.m. Sunday and goes until 4 a.m. Monday. Students must be inside the party by 12:30 a.m. or be accompanied by a parent if arriving later. Students who leave the party before the conclusion will not be allowed back in.
The party, dubbed ``One More Night,'' will feature drawings for prizes, gift certificates and cash. Food, games and entertainment will be provided throughout the night.
Among the grand prizes is a $500 scholarship donated by the Journal-World, a $500 scholarship donated by DCCCA and a previously owned car donated by Laird Noller.
Every student will receive a Sprint phone card and T-shirt just for attending the party. Drawings for additional prizes will be held throughout the night.
The Journal-World has also underwritten the cost of renting the Granada.
Recorded information about graduation and the party is available by calling the Journal-World Access Line, 865-5000, category 5008.
-- JL Watson's phone message number is 832-7145. Her e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org.