Hope High School, the largest local school in terms of enrollment, kicks off a parade of high school graduations tonight at 6:00 p.m. at Hempstead Hall on the University of Arkansas at Hope campus.

Although this weekend sees Mother’s Day, the Hope area always brings a number of high school graduations in May, starting with Hope High School, the largest local school in terms of enrollment, tonight at 6:00 p.m. at Hempstead Hall on the University of Arkansas at Hope campus.
According to Hope School District spokesman, Ken McLemore, Hope High School’s Class of 2018 is expected to number 110.  Last year, HHS had 148 graduating seniors. The Class of 2016 was 157, while the Class of 2015 was 120.
The traditional order of local public high school graduations follows from there with Spring Hill High School on Monday night, May 14, starting at 7 p.m., also at Hempstead Hall, and Blevins High School next Friday night, May 18, also at 7 p.m. at Hempstead Hall.
Spring Hill High School’s Class of 2018 will see 46 graduating seniors; the high school Bears had 39 graduates in 2017 and graduated 47 seniors in 2016.
Blevins High School’s Class of 2018 will have 26 graduating seniors; Blevins graduated 41 seniors in 2017 and 43 in 2016. The keynote speaker for Blevin’s graduation will be Virginia’s Dr. Charles Barber of the Dept. of Defense.
The local private high school in Hope, Garrett Memorial Christian School, will have its traditional graduation ceremonies on Sunday, May 20 starting at 2:30 p.m.  The ceremonies will take place on the school’s campus, adjacent to the Hope Walmart, in the high school’s gym.
After graduating five seniors in its Class of 2016, last year’s Class of 2017 included 14 graduating seniors and marked the sixth graduating class in the school’s history.
Within the region, neighboring Prescott High School also has its graduation ceremony tonight in Prescott at the high school.  Nevada High School celebrated its graduation on Thursday night as this edition of the Hope Star was going to press.