It’s graduation season and three local school districts — Three Lakes, Phelps and Northland Pines — will hold ceremonies for the 153 area students who have earned a high school diploma this year.

Three Lakes and Phelps districts will hold their ceremonies this Friday and Saturday, respectively, while Northland Pines’ ceremony is slated the following weekend.

Commencement ceremonies for 34 students in the Three Lakes School District will begin this Friday, May 26, at 7 p.m. in the school gymnasium.

“Pomp and Circumstance” will be played by the Three Lakes High School band, followed by taper bearers Kaya Szews, Kaylee Graves, Evie Mahlerwein, Kadince Gerlach and Iga Kulig.

Augustus Fink will offer a welcome. The salutatory address will be given by Karlee Weavers. The valedictory address will follow, given by Sylvia Klotz and Kallie Volk.

A senior walkthrough video will then be presented, along with the senior slideshow by Ellie Lurvey.

Academic recognitions by Principal Justin Szews will take place, along with a presentation of Outstanding Community Service awards. He will then present the Class of 2023 to the board of education.

Sara Stieve will read the class roll, and Stacey Klein will present the diplomas before senior Ellie Lurvey gives the graduate’s creed. Madeline Dupuis and Stella Polcaster will provide the closing of the ceremony.

Board President Mike Kwaterski will present the Class of 2023 before the recessional takes place.


The Phelps School ceremony for eight graduating seniors will commence Saturday, May 27, at 2 p.m. in the Phelps School gymnasium, beginning with a processional performed by band students.

Simon Garcia will give the welcome address, followed by a graduate address by Kayla Wilson and commencement address by Kevin Grafwallner.

Dean of Students Jason Pertile will introduce the Class of 2023, as well as present academic awards and scholarships, then diplomas.

The Phelps band will perform “Brain Stew” ahead of the class iMovie, compiled and edited by graduating seniors Brooke Andersen and Cloe McCormick.

McCormick will provide the farewell, then Delnice Hill, district administrator, will announce the graduates.

The ceremony will end with “Unwritten” by Natasha Bedingfield.

The motto for the Class of 2023 is “One step at a time, but always moving forward.”

Northland Pines will hold its ceremony for 111 graduates the following week, Sunday, June 4, at 1 p.m. in the field house. Prior to its graduation ceremony, the district will induct seven new members into the Northland Pines Alumni Hall of Fame starting at 10 a.m. in the school auditorium.