In a class by himself
While Burleson ISD graduations are typically held at TCU's Ed and Rae Schollmaier Arena, a classroom was set up for the ceremony for the lone graduate from Burleson Collegiate High School.
Miles Roane was a student in the first class to attend Burleson Collegiate High School, and is now the first graduate of the high school, ahead of the rest of his classmates, who will graduate in May 2020.
Roane said he planned to graduate in four years but when he found out his family would have to move to Seattle before his senior year began, he decided to graduate early.
He took a few online classes to complete his high school requirements and graduated with 47 hours of credit from Hill College, 13 credit hours from an associates degree.
“For me, it wasn’t too difficult,” said Roane, who graduated May 28.
In addition to completing his high school requirements ahead of schedule, Roane was a Burleson Collegiate High School student ambassador, a member of student council and National Honor Society, through which he volunteered 121 hours in the Burleson community.
Roane, who was the highest ranking member of his class, said high school was a pleasant experience that could be stressful at times.
“It was nice meeting people,” Roane said. “That was a big thing.”
“I just want to thank the school board for giving me the opportunity to do this and all the teachers,” Roane said.
Roane is planning to apply to the University of Washington and Texas A & M for admission in the spring semester.
As for his small ceremony, Roane said “it was really nice.”
Roane got his diploma, gave a speech and then it was over, which he said he preferred over the graduations he’s attended in the past.
“It was more intimate than a big graduation where you can’t see your parents in the stadium 200 feet away,” Roane said. “It was real close and with all the people I’m close with.”