Big Walnut High School seniors will say "goodbye" to their alma mater Saturday, June 1.

Big Walnut High School seniors will say "goodbye" to their alma mater Saturday, June 1.

The ceremony will take place at 10 a.m. June 1 on the football field of Big Walnut High School, 555 S. Old 3C Road.

There are 219 graduates in the senior class, and although the school doesn't name valedictorians, 23 students will graduate summa cum laude, with a 4.0 grade-point average or higher.

Two of the summa cum laude graduates also will receive certificates for never missing a day in their entire high school careers.

Big Walnut Principal Steve Fujii said he couldn't brag enough about the graduating senior class and believes the students stood out in all areas, including athletics, academics, the arts and community service.

"The Big Walnut class of 2013 really upholds the traditions of the high school. I am really proud of them. They have been through a lot," he said. "In their freshman year, the district suffered a lot of budget cuts and they made it through."

Fujii said he was struggling to find the perfect word to describe the class.

"I am not sure if the word is competitive or resilient, but I know they are a great group of individuals who formed a great group collectively, and any principal would be proud of them," he said.

Students have received more than $1 million in scholarship funds, including $88,000 from the Big Walnut Education Found- ation.

"This really is a great group of kids," Fujii said. "Some of them are going into the Marine Corps, some are going into art, politics, agriculture and career and technical schools. I'm really proud."