Several thousand Denton-area teenagers will close one chapter of their lives and enter another in coming weeks as they pick up their high school diplomas and enter adulthood.
Graduation season across the county kicked off earlier this month and continues through June 10. Most area graduations are slated to be held at University of North Texas facilities in the next week.
For some graduating seniors, the milestone has them experiencing conflicting emotions.
“I’m excited but I’ll be kind of sad at the same time,” said Rebecca Fu, a graduating senior at Denton High School. “Lots of students ... they feel really excited about it. ... I feel mixed about [it]. I feel glad that I’m leaving ... and starting [college], but I still feel sad about leaving high school.”
Fu, and her twin sister, Emily, who is one of Denton High’s seven valedictorians, both intend to study business at the University of Texas at Austin. The 18-year-old twins have attended school in Denton since third grade.
“At the beginning of the year, I just wanted to graduate,” Emily Fu said. “I just wanted to get out of high school, but now I’m feeling sad about leaving because I’ve had a lot of good memories in high school.”
Also feeling some of those mixed emotions is the twins’ mother, Madeleine Fu.
“I’m going to miss them very much,” she said.
More than 1,500 students are expected to receive diplomas from the Denton school district within the next week.
According to spokeswoman Sharon Cox, the Denton school district will host graduation ceremonies for its three comprehensive high schools Friday at the UNT Coliseum.
Denton High, which has a graduating class of 447, will kick off the district’s festivities at 11 a.m., followed by a 2:30 p.m. graduation for Guyer High School, which has 524 seniors. Ryan High School’s graduation ceremony will follow at 6 p.m., where diplomas will be handed to 525 students. A graduation for 40 students at Denton’s Fred Moore High School will take place at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the UNT Gateway Center.
As of Thursday, the school district had tallied $18.7 million in scholarship offers for the seniors at its three main high schools — $5.2 million in scholarship offers at Denton High, $6.7 million at Guyer and $6.8 million at Ryan High, according to Cox.
The Denton Record-Chronicle sent inquiries to other area schools regarding the scholarship offers their graduating seniors received.
According to an administrator, Aubrey High School’s 140-member graduating class was offered more than $1.1 million in scholarships. Ponder High School reported nearly $598,000 in scholarship offers for its 75 seniors, and more than $750,000 in scholarship offers was reported for Sanger High School’s 158-member graduating class.
Topping the list was Argyle’s private Liberty Christian School, whose 100 seniors, as of last week, had received more than $7.7 million in scholarship offers, according to a school official.
Graduation is a milestone for not only the graduating seniors but also for their parents.
For Krugerville parent Dale Fikes, graduation is doubly big. His two eldest sons, 18-year-olds Larry and Lonnie, received diplomas from Aubrey High School on Friday.
The two brothers, who have multiple sclerosis and get around with the use of wheelchairs, have faced several challenges day to day, Fikes said.
“I would say it’s one of the greatest things to see them grow up,” he said. “They made it.”
BRITNEY TABOR can be reached at 940-566-6876 and via Twitter at @BritneyTabor.
LOCAL GRADUATION SCHEDULE
Following is a list of high school graduation ceremonies:
Aubrey High School held its graduation Friday at the University of North Texas Coliseum.
Argyle High School: 7 p.m. Wednesday at UNT Coliseum
Denton Calvary Academy held its graduation May 18 at the UNT Murchison Performing Arts Center.
Denton High School: 11 a.m. Friday at UNT Coliseum
Denton ISD’s Guyer High School: 2:30 p.m. Friday at UNT Coliseum
Denton ISD’s Ryan High School: 6 p.m. Friday at UNT Coliseum
Denton ISD’s Fred Moore High School: 7 p.m. Wednesday at UNT Gateway Center
Krum High School: 6:30 p.m. Friday at Denton Bible Church
Lake Dallas High School held its graduation Saturday at UNT Coliseum.
Lewisville ISD’s Flower Mound High School: 7 p.m. June 8 at UNT Coliseum
Lewisville ISD’s Hebron High School: 3 p.m. June 8 at UNT Coliseum
Lewisville High School: 7 p.m. June 9 at UNT Coliseum
Lewisville ISD’s Marcus High School: 3 p.m. June 9 at UNT Coliseum
Lewisville ISD’s The Colony High School: noon June 8 at UNT Coliseum
Liberty Christian School held its graduation Friday at Northwood Church in Keller.
Little Elm High School: 10 a.m. Saturday at Prestonwood Baptist Church in Plano
Northwest ISD’s Nelson High School: 7 p.m. June 10 at UNT Coliseum
Northwest ISD’s Steele Accelerated High School: 7 p.m. Thursday at Northwest High School Performing Arts Center
Northwest High School: 3 p.m. June 10 at UNT Coliseum
Pilot Point High School: 7 p.m. Thursday at Denton Bible Church
Ponder High School: 4 p.m. Tuesday at UNT Coliseum
Sanger High School: 4 p.m. Wednesday at UNT Coliseum
Sanger ISD’s Linda Tutt High School held its graduation Saturday in the Sanger High School Auditorium.
Selwyn College Preparatory School held its graduation Friday at its school amphitheater.
Texas Education Centers held its graduation Thursday at UNT Gateway Center.
Winfree Academy Charter Schools: 3 p.m. June 8 at Irving Convention Center