Blevins High School graduated 41 seniors in the Class of 2017 before a crowd of over 1,000 parents, grandparents, relatives and friends jammed into Hempstead Hall on Friday, May 19 in the last of a string of graduations on the UA Hope campus throughout the month of May.

Blevins High School graduated 41 seniors in the Class of 2017 before a crowd of over 1,000 parents, grandparents, relatives and friends jammed into Hempstead Hall on Friday, May 19 in the last of a string of graduations on the UA Hope campus throughout the month of May.
The 90-minute ceremony featured speeches from one of the co-Valedictorians, Kaylee Judith Kelton, a Salutatorian, Aspen Sierra Watts, and a Commencement address from Blevins Alumnus, Kim Ganado. The other co-Valedictorian, Mason Tyler Campbell, did not speak, but was given an acknowledgement by Kelton, who said their friendly competition made her a better student.
“As it turns out, we both made Valedictorian,” she said.
In his speech, Ganado urged the students to take chances, and said “don’t be afraid of failure, learn from it.”
The ceremony also included the traditional Blevins "Presentation of Roses," in which the graduating seniors went out through the crowd to honor parents, grandparents, relatives and influential teachers with roses.
As he did last year, by Blevins High School principal Jeffrey Steed conducted the Roll Call of the graduates. Steed also announced that the graduates of 2017 were awarded over $900,000 in scholarships and awards.
In addition to Kelton, Watts, and Campbell, other Blevins honor graduates were Hunter Michael Worthington Choate, Alexis Sue Cooper, Austin Tyler Lane, and Jaclyn Walters.

Prior the ceremony, a big screen above the Hempstead Hall staging area displayed a theater-sized photo show set to popular music songs like “Today” by Brad Paisley and “Where ever I go” by Miley Cyrus, and it featured each of the outgoing 2017 graduates as babies, children and at different points in time in the Blevins school system. A similar presentation was done for the Class of 2016.