Weather cooperates for Bozeman High outdoor graduation


Weather cooperates for Bozeman High outdoor graduation

BOZEMAN, Mont. - Thousands of high schoolers walked in Spring commencement ceremonies across Western Montana. Bozeman High School graduated one of their largest classes ever Sunday afternoon. Principal Kevin Conwell says 443 graduates will receive a diploma. Last year that number hovered around 406 students. We are told a few years down the road, more than 500 students could take the stage as they are expecting an incoming freshman class of around 535 students.

The weather held up Sunday in Bozeman as thousands gathered at Van Winkle stadium, a different venue than usual. Bozeman High students traditionally graduate at Montana State University's Brick Breeden Fieldhouse. This year renovations to the building forced school officials to move the ceremony.

Most students who walked across the stage on Sunday will either go to Montana State in Bozeman, or a few hundred miles away to UM in Missoula. We are told an estimated 65 percent of students will go on to post-secondary education, whether that be a four year university, a two year college or a trade school.

Every student we spoke with was excited about getting to this milestone in their lives, and looking forward to life after high school. As graduating seniors, we wanted to know what advice they have for up and coming students about how to stay on track, and get that diploma.

"Don't blow off assignments and just keep working hard, because it pays off in the end and this moment just feels that much sweeter," said Dominic Mauer.

"Stick to it, ya, keep going it will eventually be done," said Robin Gauss.

"Enjoy it, it is kind of one of those things I think a lot of people don't enjoy while its happening," said Cayley Boyd.

"Work hard, don't give up and make sure you get all your homework in on time," said Kaylee Walton.

Most of the big Western Montana High Schools celebrated their commencement ceremonies over the weekend. Those schools include Sentinel, Big Sky, and Hellgate in Missoula. Glacier and Flathead in Kalispell also graduated. The Class of 2014 graduated in Butte on Thursday.

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