Memorial Day weekend is considered the traditional start of summer, but for more than 2,500 Harford County students, summer won't begin until high school is officially over - forever. And after weeks of studying and exams, that time has come. Graduation Week 2012 is upon us.
Harford Community College led the way with its commencement exercises on May 17.
The senior students at the John Archer School will graduate in ceremonies beginning at 1:15 p.m. Friday, June 1 at the school.
A few hours later, the 50 members of the graduating class of Harford Christian will participate in the school's traditional candlelight ceremony Friday, June 1, at 7:30 p.m. at the school on Route 136 in Dublin.
At 9 a.m. the next day, Saturday, June 2, the 176 members of John Carroll's senior class will graduate in ceremonies at the school.
There will be no high school graduation ceremonies in Harford County on Sunday or Monday, but Graduation Week goes into full swing Tuesday, with multiple high school graduations on each night of the week.
On Tuesday, June 5, Aberdeen, Bel Air and Edgewood will hold graduation ceremonies at 6 p.m. All three will be held at the classes' respective schools.
The Edgewood Class of 2012 will be joined by the first graduating class of the International Baccalaureate program, a magnet program at Edgewood High School. The graduating class of the International Baccalaureate program also held a separate ceremony to honor the students who pioneered the program.
Then, on Wednesday, June 6, C. Milton Wright, Joppatowne and North Harford will all have commencement ceremonies beginning at 6 p.m. C. Milton Wright's graduation will be at Bel Air High School, while Joppatowne's graduation will be at Edgewood High School and North Harford's graduation will be at Aberdeen High School.
On Thursday, June 7, Fallston, Havre de Grace and Patterson Mill will have graduations at 6 p.m. Fallston's graduation will be at Bel Air High School and Patterson Mill will graduate at Edgewood High School, while the Havre de Grace class will graduate at its own school.
At 10 a.m. June 8, the Center for Educational Opportunity in Aberdeen will hold its graduation at the school.
Graduation Week 2012 concludes with Harford Tech, whose ceremonies begin at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, June 8.
With each graduation, the Class of 2013 moves up in preparation to be the focus of next year's Graduation Week.Copyright © 2015, Los Angeles Times