On May 31, 548 Gahanna Lincoln High School students are expected to participate in a graduation ceremony at the Schottenstein Center.

On May 31, 548 Gahanna Lincoln High School students are expected to participate in a graduation ceremony at the Schottenstein Center.

"The senior class is larger than others," assistant principal Ralph Walton said. "We have 548 scheduled to walk across the stage."

Walton said the high school also loses a few students after final exams. Other students fail to graduate because they didn't pass the state-required Ohio Graduation Test.

"If they do not pass every part of the OGT, then they are not allowed to graduate," he said.

Student council president Mark Mangia and National Honor Society president Kevin McMullen will speak to the graduating seniors.

Mangia was involved with student council and was vice president of the band. He was a member of Model United Nations and Link Crew and was in the National Honor Society.

"Gahanna Lincoln High School is probably one of the greatest places you could receive an education to prepare you for life," he said.

Mangia said the high school is very diverse, in terms of people and the number of activities in which a student could participate.

He plans to attend the Ohio State University and major in biochemistry and minor in genetics.

"At the end of the ceremony, they get 30 seconds a piece to make some closing remarks," Walton said. "Our program is so large, we try to keep it simple because of time."

Senior student council members Chris Frumkin, Seamus Garvey, Mangia, Molly Peirano, Creshanna Rand and Jena Verbance will lead the Pledge of Allegiance.

Adam Mickey will lead the national anthem, with Kevin McMullen, Adam Shokery, Christian Trapp and Justin Winslow leading the alma mater.

The Rev. Tim Swanson, pastor of Shepherd Church of the Nazarene, will address the class.

GLHS principal Mark White will recognize the top 5 percent and announce the Hall of Fame recipients.

Superintendent Gregg Morris will present the class, with school board president Jeff Carson accepting.

This is the fifth year graduation will be held at the Schottenstein Center.

"We wouldn't consider moving it," he said. "It is fantastic."

The ceremony was moved so students wouldn't be limited to five tickets to graduation.

Walton said for those with blended families, the five tickets go fast.

During graduation weekend, OSU will host the state track meet and several baseball games.

"Traffic coming in and out can be heavy," Walton said.

Doors will open at 8:30 a.m., and students should plan to arrive on campus at 8:30, he said.