Reynoldsburg High School's 2017 commencement will be streamed live this year -- a first for Reynoldsburg City Schools.

About 535 students are prospective graduates and are eligible to participate in the May 23 ceremony, said Valerie Wunder, the district's director of communication.

The ceremony begins at 7 p.m. at the Schottenstein Center, 555 Borror Drive.

No tickets are required and there is no limit on how many people a student can invite, but there is $5 charge per vehicle for parking.

"Our web vendor offers live-streaming, so it was something our superintendent (Tina Thomas-Manning) was excited to try," she said. "We want to make sure people who aren't able to attend can still see the graduation ceremony."

She said the district will have a link to the live streaming on the main page of its website at

That link will be active five minutes before the ceremony begins.

The district has not yet identified its top students because final grades won't be available until closer to graduation.

However, the senior class has had some notable accomplishments, including earning thousands of college credits while still in high school, said Scott Bennett, principal at eSTEM Early College Academy.

He said the senior class at eSTEM earned about 2,000 college credits and was offered about $6 million in scholarship money.

"The class of 2017 is a group of students that I have had the pleasure to spend all four years of their high school experience with and I even had some of them as eighth-graders at Baldwin Road," Bennett said. "They are a wonderful group of students who have worked hard through some challenging times.

"I am confident that they will be successful young adults as they head out into the next stage of their lives."

(HS)2 Academy students earned about 1,000 college credits from Columbus State Community College, Ohio State University and Harrison College, Principal Dawn McCloud said.

She said six students have committed to the military so far.

"The class of 2017 is incredibly passionate," she said. "When they find something they love, they commit fully to it. This class as a whole is like a family, and they work together to achieve their goals.

"We also have a large amount of students who spent countless hours volunteering in our community to make the world a better place," she said.

BELL Academy Principal Kim Cox said she has had the opportunity to get to know most of the seniors at her school since they were freshmen.

"One thing that makes them stand out and what will make them memorable is that they have a lot of resolve," she said. "They have not typically accepted 'no' for an answer and they have been good about seeking solutions to endeavors that they have wanted to pursue in the school environment."

Encore Academy Principal Garry Young said this was his first year to lead the school.

"This senior class welcomed me in as one of their own," he said. "Throughout the year, I went to many of their activities and saw the true talent in our students.

"Everything from music concerts, sports games, art shows and our first ever musical -- they are a talented group and love to share their passion with others."

He said many of the students chose to participate in extracurricular activities, community service and athletics.

"It also makes me proud to see our students' level of involvement in the College Credit Plus program, earning credits from Columbus State, Central Ohio Technical College and Columbus College of Art and Design, to name a few."

"Our entire community, and especially the community, should be proud," he said.