Nearly 500 Libertyville High School seniors ready to graduate
Students receive high fives from teachers as they enter school during a red carpet event to honoring graduating Libertyville High School's graduating seniors. Photo courtesy of Libertyville High School
DATE: Friday, June 1
TIME: 7 p.m.
LOCATION: Sears Centre Arena, Hoffman Estates
DATE: Thursday, May 31
TIME: 7 p.m.
LOCATION: Vernon Hills High School
Updated: July 3, 2012 10:37AM
Graduating Vernon Hills High School and Libertyville High School seniors will leave behind many friends but will have a lifetime of memories as they move on to college.
About 330 Vernon Hills High School seniors and 489 Libertyville seniors will receive their diplomas during District 128 commencement ceremonies scheduled for this week.
Libertyville High School held a senior night ceremony on May 23 to honor students who received special award honors or scholarships. Vernon Hills High School held a seniors breakfast and Honors Day Assembly on May 24.
Libertyville High School principal Marina Scott said graduation is a bittersweet time for many seniors.
“I think it’s been a great experience for them, but they’re also ready for something new,” she said.
Scott said it’s hard to generalize from nearly 500 students what each individual student will remember most about their high school years. Some will remember the extracurricular or athletic activities, others will miss the friends they talked to every day, others will remember the teachers that had a positive impact on their lives. “All of those things make for special memories,” she said.
At Vernon Hills High School, students have mixed emotions as they graduate from high school and look to the future.
“I’m happy to be graduating, but it’s also sad to be leaving such a great high school where I’ve made so many great friends,” said Catie Knier, 18, an Honors student from VHHS.
“I’m going to miss the high school,” said another graduating senior Jaclyn Beinas, 18, of Vernon Hills. “It was one of the greatest experiences I ever had. All of the teachers were always willing to work with the students.”
Krishna Mundala, 18, a student council executive board president at VHHS, said he will miss everything about his high school experience, including the teachers, student assemblies, activities, sports and his fellow classmates.
“I’m going to miss waking up and not seeing the same faces I’ve seen the last four years,” he said. “It was like a family thing here with all my teachers, my friends and the underclassmen. I couldn’t have asked for a better experience.”
Vernon Hills High School principal Ellen Cwick said teachers and staff at VHHS also get a lot emotional around graduation time as students that they know move on to college or their careers.
“This has just been a real fun, great group of kids to be around. It’s time for them to move on but it’s also hard to let them go,” she said.