Last graduating class of Flint Northern pick up caps and gowns

Graduation is a momentous occasion for any high school senior, but at Flint Northern, itâ??s a little bit more sentimental. The Class of 2013 is the last graduating class of the Vikings.

"It's hard to see the school go but it was fun while it lasted," Jalen Eason said.

Next fall, Northern will no longer be a high school. The building will reopen as an alternative education center for grades 7-12. The move is a part of the district's restructuring plan that includes the closure of four schools.

Graduating seniors picked up their scarlet robes, caps and cords â?? symbols of their accomplishments. The entire community will be watching them on June 4 at the Perani Arena, but Wednesday was a more intimate celebration of sorts.

Assistant Principal Sean Richmond said, "I've seen them grow up, I've seen them mature. It's tough. I'm a father of two but I'm also a father of 119."

The students who walked the storied hallways will walk the stage to conquer their dreams.

Jalen Eason is eyeing a career in mechanical engineering.

â??Just giving back to the community after I go off to college and make it big, that's my plan," Eason said.

Victoria Burch said, "It's kinda sad that it's the last class, but I mean a lot of us made it. A lot of people thought that we weren't gonna make it, but, we did."

The students will graduate in a joint Flint Community Schools commencement ceremony at Perani Arena on Tuesday, June 4.