More than 200 Itawamba County seniors are expected to trade their text books for diplomas this weekend.

All three area high schools will hold their graduation ceremonies this Saturday, May 20, at the Davis Event Center on the ICC campus.

Mantachie High School will kick things off with the opening ceremony of the day, beginning at 1 p.m. Seventy-three graduates are expected to take home their diplomas this year.

After the event, the school’s gym will be the setting for the annual GADD party. The party begins at 8 p.m. until 6 a.m. at iJump in Peppertown.

Tremont Attendance Center will graduate 31 students during their ceremony at 4 p.m.

The seniors and guests will hear speeches from valedictorian Courtney Lentz and salutatorian Amber Thomas.

Debra Barnett Bowman, a former student, will be the guest speaker.

The school will host a Project Graduation celebration the night before the ceremony, from 6 p.m. until 10 p.m., on the school softball field, or inside the gymnasium, if it rains.

Itawamba Agricultural High School has 110 graduating seniors who will don caps and gowns and accept their diplomas during the school’s graduation ceremony at 7 p.m.

As winner of this year’s Balfour Award, selected annually by the IAHS faculty, Paige Sheffield will serve as guest speaker of the evening. Sheffield has also been named the school’s STAR student for 2017.

Special recognition will be given to this year’s valedictorian and salutatorian, Tierra Hood and Kathryn Stanley, respectively.

The school will host the annual Project Graduation party on Friday night. The event will run from 8 p.m. until midnight in the school commons. Seniors are invited to celebrate the accomplishments of their high school careers.

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