Commencement ceremonies for the Buckhannon-Upshur High School Class of 2012 will take place at 7:30 p.m. Friday at West Virginia Wesleyan College's Rockefeller Gymnasium.
The graduation will see 236 young people turn tassels and begin the next step in their journey through life. Though the Upshur County school system no longer recognizes a valedictorian and salutatorian, the top two graduates in the Class of 2012 are Caitlyn Warner and Jordan Shaver, respectively, as Sum Cum Laude.
There will be 45 students graduating with Cum Laude or higher honors with the Class of 2012.
Guest speaker for B-U's graduation will be Martha Johnston, whose son Matthew was killed in an automobile accident in 2010. Matthew was a 10th grader at B-U High School at the time of his passing. Martha Johnston will speak about Matthew's Promise.
Tickets are required to attend the graduation ceremonies.
An academic honors banquet will take place at 7 p.m. today at Chapel Hill United Methodist Church.