On May 22, 868 students graduated from William Mason High School during the school's 130th commencement ceremony held at the Cintas Center – 861 more graduates than during the school’s first commencement ceremony in 1886 that was held in Mason’s Opera House, where 5/3 Bank is today.
The Class of 2016 was one of the most successful in Mason history. Eighty-seven percent of the class will attend college in the fall, and more than 340 students received over $13.9 million in academic, arts and/or athletic scholarships and awards. There were 23 National Merit Finalists, 29 National Merit Commended Scholars, 3 Hispanic Recognition Program Scholars, 207 summa cum laude graduates, 107 magna cum laude graduates, 90 cum laude graduates, and 336 students who received Ohio’s Honors Diploma.
School Board President Kevin Wise, and father of 2016 graduate Lauren Wise, made welcoming remarks and Superintendent Dr. Gail-Kist Kline encouraged students to not be afraid of change. Senior class officers Carrie Lipps, president, Juan Tramontin, vice-president, Andrew Zhan, secretary, and Natalie Peebles, treasurer, provided remarks on behalf of their classmates. Valedictorian Alvin Zhang and Salutatorian Amith Rao also addressed their classmates. Board members Courtney Allen, Randy Andrews, Matt Steele, Wise, and Connie Yingling presented diplomas. The Mason High School Wind Symphony led the processional and played “First Suite in E Flat,” a senior choral ensemble sang “I Lived”, and senior orchestra ensemble played “Bitter Sweet Symphony.”