06-18-12: Graduation ceremonies held for the Class of 2012
06-18-12: Graduation ceremonies held for the Class of 2012

More than 1,450 graduating seniors from Emerald Ridge, Puyallup, Rogers, and Walker high schools, as well as the Puyallup Online Academy, participated in commencement ceremonies on June 16.

Wearing caps and gowns in school colors, the graduates smiled and waved at thousands of family members who filled the Northwest Concert Center grandstands at the Puyallup Fair & Events Center.

The ceremonies started with the traditional processional to "Pomp and Circumstance," followed by speeches by class officers, faculty, and special guests; school songs and cheers; musical selections by individual singers, small ensembles, and school choirs and bands; acceptance of the graduating class by Superintendent Tony Apostle; the presentation of diplomas; and the ceremonial turning of the tassel and hat toss.

Elementary and junior high principals and assistant principals also attended the graduation ceremonies in their regions to congratulate students.