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800 local high school seniors to graduate

Apr 30, 2022 11:52AM ● By Julie Slama

By Julie Slama | [email protected]

About 800 Cottonwood and Murray high school seniors will turn their tassels at commencement exercises this spring.

At 1 p.m., Wednesday, June 1, about 400 seniors will be joined by their families and friends for graduation. The exercise is a ticketed event; seniors will be allotted eight tickets. The ceremony will be held in Cottonwood’s auditorium, 5715 S. 1300 East, Murray.

The ceremony, which will include Granite School District board members Julie Jackson, Nicole McDermott, and Clarke Nelson along with retiring Principal Terri Roylance and other administrators, will also feature performances by the school band, orchestra and Madrigals. The theme, chosen by the senior class officers, is from NBA great Kobe Bryant: “Great things come from hard work and perseverance. No excuses.” 

Preceding the ceremony, soon-to-be graduates will parade through local junior highs and elementary schools on May 31 where younger students will cheer for them.  That evening will be the annual senior sunset, where seniors will meet one last time on the football field and open the letters that they wrote to themselves at the beginning of the school year during senior sunrise. 

Cottonwood High’s Grad Night 2022 party is from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m., Wednesday, June 1 at All Star Bowling in West Valley City.

Murray High will hold its graduation ceremony at 10 a.m., Thursday, June 2 at Zions Bank Stadium, 14787 Academy Parkway, Herriman. 

It is the first time the school has hosted its commencement exercises at this location; the stadium will accommodate more families and friends.

The program consists of a couple of musical numbers from the school acapella choir and speeches by valedictorian Sage Williams and salutatorian Relena Pattison. The theme is “Find your Fire.”

Principal Scott Wihongi will present the graduates to Superintendent Jennifer Covington and Murray Board of Education President Jaren Cooper for acceptance. The tassel ceremony, at the conclusion of the exercises, will led by the senior class president Abby Niwa. 

Thirty-dollar tickets will be sold beforehand to the all-night Murray High graduation party to be held from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m., Thursday, June 2 at the school; or tickets will be $35 at the door. The evening includes a hypnotist, magician, cash cube, photo booth, karaoke, character artists, games, food and prizes.