Gahanna Lincoln High School's class of 2016 is a group of 535 students with perseverance.

Gahanna Lincoln High School's class of 2016 is a group of 535 students with perseverance.

Student council president Kelly Roberson said one thing that sets her class apart from many others is that the classmates have been through a lot of tough times.

"We had multiple (student) deaths affect our class," she said. "We came together during those times. I think I will remember how we were all there for each other when things weren't good."

The class will celebrate better times during graduation ceremonies at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, May 28, at the Schottenstein Center.

Gahanna Lincoln High School principal Bobby Dodd said the class of 2016 is a determined and goal-oriented group of students.

"They excelled on the stage, in the field, on the courts, in presentations and projects and in the classroom," he said. "We are always looking for our senior class to be role models and examples of what a Gahanna Lincoln graduate should embody, and this class was no exception. We will always remember this senior class for their willingness to try something different, their great ideas to make GLHS even better than it already is and their constant pursuit to be better than they were the day before."

Roberson said she and her classmates were freshmen when GahannaThon was started. GahannaThon is a dance marathon partnership with BuckeyeThon, Ohio State University's student philanthropy that benefits the hematology/oncology unit at Nationwide Children's Hospital.

Roberson said it was good to see that event through, even setting a record this year with a donation of $26,801 to the BuckeyeThon. The donation marked the largest contribution from a large high school to BuckeyeThon.

Roberson also noted that the girls track team was "absolutely phenomenal" the last four years.

The motto of the class is, "If not now, when? If not us, who?"

The class colors are maroon, navy and white, and the class flower is the carnation.

The Rev. Doug Warburton, pastor of Peace Lutheran Church, will provide the commencement address.

Dodd will recognize the top 5 percent of the class, and interim Superintendent Scott Schmidt will present the class.

Tickets aren't required for admission to graduation, but seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Reserved seating is not available. The parking cost is $5.