Third generation students graduate from IPS schools – News – Ionia Sentinel – Standard-Ionia, MI – Michigan News

Third generation students graduate from IPS schools – News – Ionia Sentinel – Standard-Ionia, MI –  Michigan News

Graduation for Ionia High School seniors will take place, Friday, June 2, but the students had one last stop to make, their elementary schools.

IONIA — Graduation for Ionia High School seniors will take place, Friday, June 2, but the students had one last stop to make, their elementary schools.

The seniors donned their caps and gowns and walked the halls of their elementary school for the last time, to cheers and applause of younger students.

“This was the first year that we actually had this type of a program set up for the graduating seniors,” Rather Elementary School Principal Darin Magley said.

He said it came about after senior advisor Pam Lindemer asked if the schools wanted to do something to recognize the seniors who attended each elementary school. Magley said they have a tradition of their fifth grade students lining up and walking the halls on their last day of school, because they also graduate and move on to middle school. They also walk out to cheers from the underclassmen.

“I thought that maybe it would be a cool idea if we kind of reenacted that a little bit with the seniors from the high school. We had 16 of them show up, which I was really, really encouraged with,” Magley said.

As the students walked down the hallway, Magley announced the students’ names, how long they spent at Rather, their favorite memory at the school and what they plan to do after high school.

“It was really touching. Every year when the fifth-graders do that it chokes me up, so it was pretty cool to see all those kids back. Just amazing how fast the years…

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