Washington High School will hold its 111th commencement this Friday, May 18, at 7 p.m. on Rauch Field, weather permitting.

Diplomas will be awarded to approximately 328 seniors.

There will be no commencement speaker, however selected students who have received honors or high honors will give short speeches.

Washington High School no longer recognizes valedictorians or salutatorians. Instead, students receiving honors and high honors are honored. The GPA requirement for honor students is 3.75 to 3.899. The high honor GPA is 3.9 to 4.0.

Principal Dr. Frank Wood will give the welcome and closing remarks.

Haley Easley, class vice president, will lead students in the Pledge of Allegiance.

Superintendent Dr. Lori VanLeer and Scott Byrne, school board president, will present the Class of 2012. Diplomas will be handed out by school board members.

The turning of the tassel will be led by Gabrielle Borcherding, class president.

The WHS Choir will sing the national anthem and school song. The band will perform the processional music.

The high honor students are as follows:

Anna L. Bretzke, Sarah E. Edler, Gretchen L. Ferguson, Megan M. Fuhr;

Corey J. Gurnow, Joseph A. Hayden, Benjamin L. Hoemann, Lizabeth H. Marquart;

Lindsay M. Meyer, Charissa A. Nowak, Anna E. Rehling, Emma L. Menefee;

Nathaniel A. Griffen, Alex T. Holtermann, Dustin A. Jarvis, Katherine M. Walkenhorst;

Amy Jo Lammert, Morgan A. Bethel, Jose Tomas, Hannah S. Plowman;

Paige A. Mahnesmith, Ezekiel A. Bocklage, Tara Ernst, Joshua N. Riechers;

William T. Duke, Alexandra Garth, Nicholas J. Gross, Danielle M. Gratza and Jessica M. Redhage.

The honor students are as follows:

Brittany J. Carpenter, Kinsey N. Holdmeyer, Caleb M. Gildehaus, Thomas E. Martin;

Emma C. Noelker, Devon L. Hicks, Jenna P. Chwascinski, Ryan J. Barnoski;

Zachary T. Buhr, Leia M. Arcelona, Lennon C. Williams, Olivia M. Ameiss;

Kaitlin R. Thurman, Hannah Kitners, McCall A. Donovan, Renee R. Hellmann and Alan E. Wunderlich.

The motto for the Class of 2012 is “So keep your head high, keep your chin up, and most importantly, keep smiling, because life’s a beautiful thing and there’s so much to smile about.” — Marilyn Monroe.

The class song is “On My Way,” by Phil Collins and the class flower is forget-me-not.

The senior class gift was landscaping for the West Wing entrance at the school.