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Proviso East High School’s First Annual Baccalaureate Ceremony

May 25, 2017 05:16 PM
Proviso East High School celebrated its first annual Baccalaureate Ceremony on May 16, 2017. In addition to the traditional commencement ceremony with its cap and gown and congratulatory handshakes, speeches, and recognition of outstanding achievements, most high schools, colleges and universities also have baccalaureate ceremonies.
Baccalaureate is usually done a few days before the commencement ceremony, and is typically a quieter and more reflective event than commencement. It’s largely attended by family members who are unable to be at graduation ceremonies held in large stadiums or gymnasiums due to physical or ticketing limitation.
Proviso East High School’s primary focus of the ceremony was to celebrate students in their personal growth and contribution to our school. During the event, guests enjoyed hor d'oeuvre’s and punch, prepared and served by the culinary students, a slide show presentation, an inspirational song presented by the choir, a student- created art gallery and staff comments.
The event was attended by over 90 families, community members and organizations looking to celebrate the progress and achievements made by Proviso East students. Students received various honors, awards, scholarships and acknowledgements including departmental commendation. A total of $321,400 in scholarship money was awarded to Proviso East students through the contribution of the following organizations:   
Proviso Community Bank
Visionaries Foundation
Triton Free Course Certificate
Triton Scholars Program
Triton Trustee Honors Scholarship
Maywood Chamber of Commerce
Triton/Westlake Health Careers
Ruth C. Schoenbeck
CC Taggart Memorial
Dr. Baker Scholarship
Proviso East Scholarship
By evening’s end, all Proviso East graduating seniors had been celebrated and received an award. "We wanted to honor our students as they prepare to join the ranks of the many community members, politicians, entertainers, entrepreneurs, etc., who have graced our halls as students and now, as alumni, represent "Pirate Country" throughout our nation," said Ms. Elizabeth Walker, assistant principal of Proviso East High School.


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