BY EMILY HARVEY ON JUNE 5, 2014
Over the past years, Rose has hosted two annual graduations. Though one graduation for all Rose seniors occurs at Minges when school is done, the other takes place at Rose. The later graduation is structured for the graduating exceptional children, and was held in the lecture hall this year on May 28. The culinary classes, teachers and photographers put a lot of hard work into making this graduation a special experience for the seniors.
“It takes a couple months [to get ready for graduation]; we have to collect all the baby pictures from home for the slideshow and make sure we have enough funding for the snacks for Ms. B’s class,” special education teacher Stephanie Campbell said. “They’re kind enough to do that for us.”
Campbell and some of her fellow teachers put the slideshow together for the graduates and their family members to enjoy at the graduation; Campbell claims the slideshow is always her favorite part, and she is not alone in her object of favoritism.
“I liked the video; it almost made me cry,” peer helper Ashanta Smith said.
Smith has been a peer helper this past semester and was excited for all of the graduates, but specifically Missy Blount-Hargrove. Smith helped Hargrove prepare for the graduation ceremony and believes all students should be “peer helpers” before they graduate from Rose.
“We took pictures before the ceremony; [Missy] had to change shoes and out of her school clothes into her [graduation clothes],” Smith said. “Helping is fun and I think everyone should help before they graduate because it gives them the inside on what else goes on inside of Rose.”
Senior Robert Washington was among the four graduates. Washington is ready to graduate, but will miss his favorite teacher, Stephanie Campbell.
“[I’m] ready to graduate, [but I’m going to] miss Ms. Campbell the most,” Washington said. “[My] favorite part [of the ceremony] was getting my diploma.”
Along with Hargrove and Washington, James Suggs and Tashawn Williams have more events to attend after their graduation, but before school actually ends.
“We have another party within the classroom and SGA also is doing a picnic or something outside with the kids towards the end of school,” Campbell said.
Campbell, along with the other special needs teachers, is overjoyed with the achievements of each and every one of the graduates. Campbell cannot wait to hear about what they will accomplish after high school comes to an end.
“I am so proud of them, I have one [graduate] in my class and [the graduates] have just matured and grown so much and we cannot wait to see what they do after high school,” Campbell said.