At noon on Saturday, May 21, 2016, the 93rd Annual Commencement was held for the Class of 2016, at Russellville Junior/Senior High School, Russellville, Kentucky, in the Jim Young Gymnasium.
Under the direction of Mr. Brian Brown, the Russellville J/S High School Band played the traditional “Pomp and Circumstance” for the processional of the Superintendent, Board Members, Principal, Assistant Principal, Faculty, Staff, and Graduates. After the Band performed the National Anthem and Principal, Mrs. Kimberly McDaniel, shared her welcoming remarks, guest speaker, Ms. Jessie Baker, wearing the honored white “Committ2Graduate” robe, spoke loving and encouraging comments to the class that gave her inspiration to be the “best she could be” at the beginning of her RJSHS career with this class as Freshmen.
The Commencement continued with Superintendent, Leon Smith, and Board Chairman, James C. Milam, sharing remarks, Ambassador Presentations, numerous student recognitions, the presentation of the deGraffenried Award to Nicholas Scarbrough, the presentation to Colby Nichols of the First Matt Tipton award, and the presentation of Diplomas. The Valedictory Speech was presented by Donald Stephen (Trey) Matthews, III.
Principal McDaniel presented the Graduates, Mrs. Jennifer Rogers lead the singing of RJSHS Alma Mater, and the Graduates experienced the traditional tassel moving and cap toss.