Graduating seniors mark end -- and new beginning 1994 HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATIONS

June 01, 1994|By Lan Nguyen | Lan Nguyen,Sun Staff Writer

More than half of Howard County's 2,000 graduating public high school seniors bid farewell to their schools yesterday, in the first of a series of commencement ceremonies taking place this week.

Centennial, Glenelg, Hammond, Oakland Mills and Howard high schools held ceremonies at various locations around the area, including two at the University of Maryland Baltimore County and one at Merriweather Post Pavilion.

"This commencement marks the culmination of the long and arduous process to which many people . . . have contributed," Superintendent Michael E. Hickey told Hammond's 245 graduates. "It marks an end, but it also marks the beginning."

Dr. Hickey said the county had spent roughly $55,500 to educate each student since kindergarten.

"That's the actual cost of your education for the past 13 years," he said. "That's a very significant investment. Prove it to us it was well-spent."

Three more ceremonies take place tomorrow. At 2 p.m., Cedar Lane School, whose students have severe disabilities, holds its ceremony at the school, for four students. Mount Hebron holds its commencement at 2 p.m. at Merriweather Post Pavilion. And Atholton has its commencement at Merriweather Post Pavilion at 7:30 p.m.

Wilde Lake has the last ceremony, at 7 p.m. Friday at the school.

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