It’s Graduation Time!

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JHS seniors in the Communications, Performing and Visual Arts Academy celebrated National Fine Arts Signing Day to highlight where they will be pursuing their artistic passions: Joanna Johnson JCC, education and arts, Amber Kutschke JCC, film, Camryn Wilson JCC, Media Arts, Mia Young JCC, Communications, Delante Jones JCC, Media Arts, Brady Nuzzo JCC, Media Arts, Kathleen Barry Art Academy of Cincinnati, Illustration, Charles Sisson JCC, Media Arts and Jonmichael DeAngelo Belmont University, Music.

Contributing Writer
Stephanie McCraw

Graduation ceremonies are meant to be a memorable experience. Familiar customs like wearing a cap and gown, playing Pomp and Circumstance, and receiving a diploma can be nostalgic for those who walked the stage before. It’s a ritual hearkening back to drafty universities and used to encourage students to reflect upon years of learning and growth, as well as get excited for to the future.

Even so, educated, busy minds are already thinking about the next things: summer, college, jobs, and life beyond the K-12 experience. Throughout elementary, middle, and high school, from the ages of about 5-18, the educational system works to present graduates who have a solid foundation in literacy skills. New York State has over 212,000 public school teachers and over 4,400 public schools. Literacy is known most commonly as the ability to read, write, understand, communicate effectively, and work with numbers.

Graduates might wish there were more specific advice about how to best apply their set of skills. They may wonder how to move forward as a young adult with a new high school degree in hand; possibly hope for a short-cut to success and happiness. Tory Burch is quoted as saying, “We may live in an age of instant messaging, instant gratification and Instagram, but there is no way to short circuit the path to success.”

Many students are headed to college, which can be a great opportunity. The Georgetown Center on Education and the Workforce postulates that in 2020, 35% of jobs will require a bachelor’s degree, 30% require some college or an associate degree, and 36% of jobs will not require a degree beyond high school. This means most jobs available (and they estimate 55 million in 2020) will require some type of college training.

While it can be expensive, if the graduate is ready to tackle a certain subject or passionate about an area of study, time at college can hone skills and further shape the student’s level of understanding. Certain students seem ready to zero in on what they should study or have that drive to succeed.

The popular job search website Monster highlights an interesting part about growing up beyond High School: The first (or first seven) jobs. https://www.monster.com/career-advice/article/firstsevenjobs-hashtag-best-of-0816 Having a job or another form of meaningful work is integral to the human experience. Employer and co-worker feedback can help a graduate grow in character.

As they continue to put effort and talent towards a task, try to communicate as effectively as possible, and see how it resonates with others, the response from first jobs and internships will influence a person and provide insight. MLK Jr. said “Intelligence plus character—that is the goal of true education.”

Wherever the path may lead, our wish from the Jamestown Gazette to all the graduates in Chautauqua County is that graduates and their parents, teachers and mentors will be able to enjoy memories from the ceremony, take time to celebrate hard work, reflect, and know that this is only the beginning of a long and interesting journey ahead.


Cassadaga High School

Commencement for Class of 2019
Eightieth Commencement June 28th, 7:30 PM
Cassadaga High School Auditorium
Number of Graduates: 35


Chautauqua High School

Commencement for Class of 2019
Thursday, June 27th, 7pm
Chautauqua Lake Central School Auditorium
Number of Graduates: 60


Clymer High School

Commencement for Class of 2019
Thursday, June 27th, at 7pm
Clymer Central School Student Performance Center
Number of Graduates: 37

Senior Class Officers
Erin Brumagin, President
Cydney Amoroso, Vice President
Taylor Beckwith, Secretary
Kayla Kitchener, Treasurer


Eisenhower High School

Commencement for Class of 2019
Held Friday, June 7th
Eisenhower Middle High School


Falconer High School

Commencement for Class of 2019
Thursday, June 27th, 7pm
Reg Lenna Civic Center
Number of Graduates: 92


Frewsburg High School

Commencement for Class of 2019
Thursday, June 27th, 7pm
Frewsburg HS Auditorium


Jamestown High School

Commencement for Class of 2019
Thursday, June 27th, 7pm
Chautauqua Institution Amphitheater
Number of Graduates: 310


Maple Grove High School

Commencement for Class of 2019
Friday, June 28, 7pm
Fred J. Gerber Auditorium


Panama High School

Commencement for Class of 2019
Friday, June 28, 2019 at 7pm
Panama Central School Auditorium
Number of Graduates: 49


Randolph High School

Commencement for Class of 2019
Friday, June 28 at 7pm
Randolph High School Auditorium
Number of Graduates: 61

Senior Class Officers
President – Joan Adams
Vice President – Corin Carpenter
Treasurers – Nikole Lockwood & Kaylyn Chadwick
Secretary – Mason Pagett


Sheffield High School

Commencement for Class of 2019
Held Friday, June 7th at 6:00pm
Sheffield High School Auditorium
Number of Graduates: 35


Sherman High School

Commencement for Class of 2019
Friday, June 28th, 2019 at 6:30PM
John Butler Auditorium Sherman Central


Southwestern High School

Commencement for Class of 2019
June 28th, at 7:30pm
Southwestern High School Auditorium
Number of Graduates: 103


Warren High School

Commencement for Class of 2019
Held Friday, June 7th at 6:30pm
Keller Auditorium at Warren Area High School
Number of Graduates: 181


Westfield High School

Commencement for Class of 2019
Saturday, June 29, 2019 at 9 am
Westfield Academy and Central School


Youngsville High School

Commencement for Class of 2019
Held Friday, June 7th, 7 PM
Youngsville High School