Graduation dates around the region


Central High School

■ 8:30 a.m., Stocker Stadium

■ Class size: 323; last year: 343

■ Keynote speaker: Vern McGee, CHS teacher and coach

■ Valedictorian: Lauren Patrick

■ Salutatorian: Rocco Labriola

Palisade High School

■ 6:30 p.m., Stocker Stadium

■ Class size: 210; last year: 219

■ Keynote speaker: John Arledge, former PHS football coach

■ Valedictorian: Lindsey Erb

■ Salutatorian: Samantha Moore, Shane Sarnac


Grand Junction High School

■ 8:30 a.m., Stocker Stadium

■ Class size: 386; last year: 366

■ Keynote speaker: Harry Clifford Brown, local author

■ Valedictorian: Luciana Madison


Fruita Monument High School

■ 7 p.m., Stocker Stadium

■ Class size: 386; last year: 414

■ Keynote speaker: Caleb Hicks, FMHS Teacher of the Year

■ Valedictorian: Ian Laga


Mesa Valley Vision Home and Community Program

■ 2 p.m., Avalon Theater

■ Class size: 15; last year: 14

* Keynote speaker: Louis Nelson

■ Academic achievement honorees: Sarah Noble, Taylor Sturm and Matthew Walgren.


Grand River Virtual Academy

■ 10 a.m., Two Rivers Convention Center

■ Class size: 4; last year: 8

■ Keynote speaker: None


GED graduates

■ 7 p.m., Colorado Mesa University Center Ballroom

■ Class size: 66; last year: 56

■ Keynote speaker: Dr. Patrick Schutz, CMU associate professor of business administration.

■ Valedictorian: Ethan Huddleston

■ Salutatorian: Kimberly Black


R-5 High School

■ 9:30 a.m., Colorado Mesa University Brownson Arena

■ Class size: 86, estimated; last year: 88

■ Student speakers: Haley Bramley, Connie Reust, Brady Kehoe, Sterling Gray, and Ashley Moore.


Colorado Mesa University

■ 8:30 a.m., Stocker Stadium

■ Class size: 967 graduates, 1,047 degrees; last year: 783 graduates, 830 degrees

■ Keynote speaker: Student Government President Telbe Storbeck and U.S. Rep. Cory Gardner


Grand Valley Christian High School

■ 11 a.m., Valley Church

■ Class size: 2; last year: 11

■ Keynote speaker: Jim Hale, minister and mountain guide

■ Valedictorian: Emily Chacon


DeBeque Undivided High School

■ 11 a.m., DeBeque High School

■ Class size: 1; last year: 6

■ Keynote speaker: Jillana Alderman, sole spring graduate.

■ Valedictorian: Jillana Alderman


Christian Community Schools

■ 2 p.m., Christian Community Schools

■ Class size: 11; last year: 3

■ Keynote speaker: George Miller, pastoral staff member at Monument Baptist.

■ Valedictorian: Nick Hill

May 19

Montrose High School

■ 2:30 p.m. Montrose High football field

■ Class size: 255; last year: 274

■ Keynote speaker: Dave Saksek, retired MHS teacher

■ Valedictorian, salutatorian: To be determined May 16.

May 20

Olathe High School

■ Noon, Olathe High football field

■ Class size: 73; last year: 79

■ Keynote speaker: Harvey Starbuck, former OHS wrestling coach and retiring teacher.

■ Valedictorians, salutatorians: To be determined Tuesday.

May 22

The Opportunity Center

■ 11:30 a.m., The Opportunity Center

May 24

Cedaredge High School

■ 10 a.m., Cedaredge High School

■ Class size: 55; last year: 62

■ Keynote speaker: Valedictorian and salutatorian.

■ Valedictorian, salutatorian: To be determined.


Coal Ridge High School

■ 11 a.m., Coal Ridge High Football Field

■ Class size: 81; last year: 87

■ Keynote speaker: To be determined.

■ Valedictorian, salutatorian: To be determined.


Delta High School

■ 7 p.m., Delta High School

■ Class size: 143; last year: 150

■ Keynote speaker: Kurt Clay, Delta School District assistant superintendent.

■ Valedictorian, salutatorian: To be announced.


Pear Park Baptist School

■ 7 p.m., Pear Park Baptist School

■ Class size: 2; last year: 4

■ Keynote speaker: Chuck Crabtree, evangelist from Denver.

■ Valedictorian: Will not have one due to class size.

May 25

Grand Valley High School

■ 10 a.m., Toby Leborgne Field

■ Class size: 68; last year: 62

■ Keynote speaker: Currently being voted on by students.

■ Valedictorian, salutatorian: To be determined.


Paonia Jr/Sr High School

■ 10 a.m., Paonia Jr/Sr High School

■ Class size: 34; last year: 39

■ Keynote speaker: Cindy Swartzendruber, retired Paonia teacher, counselor and assistant principal.

■ Valedictorians: Abby Campbell and Chelsy Reed

■ Salutatorian: Alexis Johnson


Rifle High School

■ 10 a.m., Bears Stadium

■ Class size: 150; last year: 120

■ Keynote speaker: Jonathan Rice, RHS social studies teacher.

■ Valedictorian, salutatorian: To be determined week of graduation.


Plateau Valley High School

■ 11 a.m., school auditorium

■ Class size: 15; last year: 23

■ Keynote speaker: Paula Grundy, Plateau Valley Middle School science teacher.

■ Valedictorian, salutatorian: To be determined next week.


Hotchkiss High School

■ 1 p.m., Hotchkiss High School

■ Class size: 60; last year: 62

■ Keynote speaker: Glen Supples, HHS counselor

■ Valedictorian, salutatorian: To be determined.

May 31

Caprock Academy

■ 9 a.m., Caprock Academy

■ Class size: 5; last year: N/A

■ Keynote speaker: Jim Griffin, president of the Colorado League of Charter Schools. Faculty speaker will be Cerise Moran-Hock.

■ Valedictorian: Tori Schweitert

■ Salutatorian: Erin Morgan


■ Gateway School is not having a graduation ceremony this year. The school schedules a ceremony every year in case a student moves into school boundaries during the year or a current student finishes credits early. There were no seniors throughout this school year.


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