Frankfort High School seniors became alumni during the school's graduation ceremony Friday night.
About 48 graduates crossed the stage to cheers and applause from the audience of about 700 at Kentucky State University's Exum Center.
Class valedictorian Ben Rome addressed the crowd and noted some of the school's accomplishments and highlights throughout the past year, such as the boys' basketball team winning its district tournament for the first time since 2005. He told his classmates to chase their dreams and to not be afraid of failure.
"Dream big. The sky is the limit," Rome said.
Mac Yocum, Frankfort Independent Schools Education Foundation director, addressed the Class of 2019 during his commencement speech. He welcomed the graduates into alumni status and said that he hopes Frankfort High continues to be part of their lives in the future.
After the graduates received their diplomas, they moved their tassels from right to left as a group to signify earning their degrees. Superintendent Dr. Houston Barber told the students that they have joined the long "blue line" of FHS graduates before them.
Six people were inducted to the FHS Hall of Fame, which recognizes contributors to Clinton Street School, Mayo-Underwood School and Frankfort High School, during graduation. Friday’s inductees were mortician and renowned musician Jackson Robb; Mayo-Underwood teacher, coach and principal James Blackburn Brown; Realtor Warner Hines; physicist Alice Kimbler Hankla; former leader of Kentucky State University’s School of Nursing Lee Charles Harris; and politician William P. Curlin Jr.
Graduates had fun at the school-sponsored Project Graduation following the ceremony. The lock-in was held at the Downtown YMCA from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. According to the school's newsletter, the graduates and their guests, who were FHS students, were to enjoy the swimming pool, a DJ, snacks and more.
The graduation ceremony will be broadcast on Frankfort Plant Board Channel 10 at a later date to be announced.