Local high school seniors are gearing up for the next chapter of their lives.

Huntsville High School, Alpha Omega Academy and New Waverly High School are preparing for their graduation ceremonies over the coming weeks, with nearly 500 Walker County students receiving their diplomas.

Alpha Omega Academy will kick off the commencements on Saturday at 2 p.m. at University Heights Baptist Church, located at 2400 Sycamore Avenue.

“Because only 17 students are graduating, each student will have the opportunity to speak at the ceremony,” said AOA headmaster Paul Davidhizar. “It will be a very familiar setting and we hope that each graduate feels honored and has a great time.”

New Waverly High School graduation is set for May 22 at 7 p.m. at Bernard G. Johnson Coliseum on the campus of Sam Houston State University, with 67 students graduating.

“We will hold a senior breakfast the morning of graduation to celebrate the graduates accomplishment,” said NWHS counselor Kaye Lynch. “We are looking forward to a great ceremony and send off for the grads.”

Huntsville High School will close out graduation season on May 25 at 10 a.m. at Johnson Coliseum, with over 400 Hornets set to receive their diplomas.

“Guests should be aware that roads around the coliseum are one-direction and will likely be blocked off by law enforcement,” said HHS counselor Debbie Choate. “Everyone should adhere to police or parking attendant instructions and follow road signage.

For anyone unable to attend the ceremony, Huntsville ISD will be live streaming the event through the HISD YouTube Channel.

“We are very proud of all of our graduates and wish them the best in the next chapter of their lives,” Choate said.