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Seniors Prepare for Final Weeks of School

Annie Barker, Copy Editor

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As the end of the year approaches, graduation looms and time starts to move more quickly. It’s easy to get lost in a whirlwind of activities. From Fine Arts to Senior Skip Day a variety of events are happening. Here’s a breakdown of the most common events a senior might not want to miss.

 

Final Band Concert – Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Time: 7:30 PM

Location: OHS Theater

Do I have to go?: Not required, but the chance to hear quality music and see awkward throw back pictures should be reason enough.

Description: In addition to the playing of all the OHS bands, a slideshow of all the seniors over the course of high school, skits, awards and anecdotes. Come support your fellow students in what is sure to be a memorable concert.

 

Final Orchestra Concert – Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Time: 7:30 PM

Location: OHS Theater

Do I have to go? Not required, but like the Band Concert it is a good opportunity to support your classmates.

Description: Like the Band Concert, the final Orchestra Concert of the year includes a slideshow and much reminiscing of the hard work and dedication the students have put into practicing and performing.

 

Final Choir Concert – Thursday, May 18, 2017

Time: 7:30 PM

Location: OHS Theater

Do I have to go? Not required, but why sit at home when you could be hearing lovely songs performed by peers?

Description: After the band and orchestra kids perform it’s time for the choir kids to take the stage. Unlike in past years, the choir is performing at the end of the week to allow for band members to go to a special event.

 

Prom / Post Prom – Saturday, May 20, 2017 / Sunday May 21, 2017

Time: 8:30 PM – 12:00 AM and 12:00 AM – 3:30 AM

Location: Prom is at Eagle Eye Golf Course // After Prom is at OHS

Do I have to go? Go to one, both or none. It’s your life.

Description: A step-up from Homecoming, Prom is a formal event for juniors and seniors. After dancing for the first part of the evening, assorted games, inflatables and raffles are available at the After Prom Event. After Prom is a fun opportunity to hang out with friends and celebrate the end of year if dressing up isn’t your thing.

 

Senior Skip Day – Monday, May 22, 2017

Time: All Day

Location: Anywhere except Okemos High School

Do I have to go? Why wouldn’t you?

Description: Just about everyone knows what Senior Skip day is unless you’ve grown up under a rock. Although many Seniors are skipping school as they feel like it, another day won’t go unwelcomed. The idea is to go anywhere or do anything you want within reason. Sure you could come to school, but why?

 

Senior Project Day –  Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Time: TBD

Location:  Be in the theatre no later than 8:45 AM

Do I have to go? No, but why just sit inside and waste the day when you could be helping others?

Description: If you’ve been wanting to mulch and volunteer your time with a group of friends, then this event is for you. If not, you could stay home or go to school, but what could be doing that’s more important than donating a little bit of your time?

 

Last Day For Seniors – Thursday, May 25, 2017

Time: All Day

Location: At OHS until 2:35 PM

Do I have to go? Technically not required, but this is when the double barbeque lunch and when everyone is saying goodbye to each other is.

Description: This is it. The day that so many have been counting down to. The final day of high school. Just don’t run anyone over as you sprint down the halls at the final bell.

 

Baccalaureate – Thursday, May 25, 2017

Time: 7:30 PM

Location: Saint Martha’s Church – 1100 W Grand River Ave, Okemos, MI 48864

Do I have to go? Not required, but it’s one of the last few times you’ll see your peers.
Description: After the seniors last day, it’s an option to gather together in the evening at Baccalaureate. It’s a non-religious event where multiple students and community figures, such as teachers, take the stage. The event is open to the whole family to prepare seniors for graduation.

 

Commencement Practice – Friday, May 26, 2017

Time: 8:00 AM – 10:30 AM

Location: OHS Rubber Gym

Do I have to go? Yes.

Description: Just when Seniors thought they were free, they aren’t. Seniors need to come back the next day after their last day of school to make sure commencement runs smoothly.

Commencement – Sunday, June 4, 2017

Time: 1:00 PM

Location: MSU Auditorium

Do I have to go? Technically not required, but you only graduate high school once.

Description: Commencement is the official ceremony where Seniors kiss high school goodbye. Once they walk across that stage, graduates are free people.

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