Friends and family gathered in the chapel of Green Hill Presbyterian Church May 24 to celebrate the graduation of Enterprise Preparatory Academy‘s fourth graduating class.
The school had six graduates receive their diplomas during the commencement ceremony. The class honored its two valedictorians Clayton Johnson and Bradley Morgan, as well as salutatorian Heather Tyler.
Other graduates are Brian Dew, Victoria Henry and Thomas Cody Lolley.
Headmaster Judy Tucker said watching the students graduate is exciting but always a bit sad having watched the students grow up within the academy.
“Where does the time go?” she said.
In the salutatorian address Tyler told her classmates to always remember their time at EPA and continue doing the best they can at anything they set out to do in life.
Valedictorians Johnson and Morgan also spoke during the ceremony, thanking their classmates for the friendships and the teachers at EPA for their support and guidance.
Several of the graduating class received special recognition for exceptional character and academic work during their time at EPA.
Dew and Tyler were presented the Citizenship Award for their leadership qualities. Lolley received the Come Back Kid Award and the Water Walker Award. Henry was presented the Fruit of the Spirit Award and the Founder’s Award for having attended the school from kindergarten on through graduation. Henry was also presented a one-year scholarship to attend Enterprise State Community College.
Tucker said all six graduates have plans for college, with four planning to attend ESCC and two planning to attend Troy University.
Johnson was presented the Chancellor’s Award from Troy University, which comes with a $30,000 four-year renewable scholarship.
Before receiving their diplomas, each of the graduates took time to recognize the most influential people in their lives, their family, by handing out flowers to loved ones.
After receiving diplomas, graduates participated in the traditional candlelight ceremony with parents in which the parents light the candle of their graduate, symbolizing the passing of knowledge to go into the world with the lessons provided and accomplish the goals they set out for themselves.