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Story by Lindsay Long, Destiny White and Hannah Wright, photo by Sam Aaron.

With the much anticipated day of graduation coming up in nearly two months, seniors are becoming ecstatic and anxious for the upcoming weeks.

“I’m leaving people I’ve known for almost six years. I’ve made so many friends and they’ve become my family and just to be leaving and going our separate ways is sad, but it lets me know I’m growing up,” senior Alyah Hancock said.

Jostens came to distribute graduation supplies, such as caps, gowns and stoles on Friday, March 17. Alison Norwood is in charge of everything graduation and has been working diligently with students, graduation services and representatives.

“I have worked very, very closely with Rhodes graduation services and the Jostens representatives to make sure that all of our students that have ordered their cap and gown and the diploma cover, so that they can in fact walk across the stage, and when I’ve been notified that a student hasn’t yet ordered, then I would directly contact them myself to make sure that they order what they need,” English teacher Allison Norwood said.

When the companies came to distribute supplies, some students were not very pleased with the services.

“I didn’t like the way it was organized, it seemed very bad,” senior KeErica Richardson said. “You had to wait in a line and they didn’t tell you which line was which line, they wouldn’t tell you when you would come up, they wouldn’t tell you anything. You were kind of just waiting there for like forty minutes when it was only like two people in a line.”

Jostens is known for their supplies and fun knick-knacks, but some are unhappy with the price of these goods.

“I wish the students wouldn’t spend as much money on things that they don’t need, but I can’t control that,.” Norwood said.

Teachers have been working very hard the past seven months to prepare their seniors for the college world.

“I do think my teachers have tried their best to prepare us for graduation. They push us to do things on your own and be independent to prepare us for the real world,” Alyah said. “They gradually make us do things on our own to see how we handle it.”