Commencement, ‘Barnyard’ and more on tap this weekend

By Ben Hopper

Students are going out with a bang this weekend.

Hundreds of students will walk this weekend, concluding their time here at K-State, in Bramlage Coliseum or McCain Auditorium. For a complete list of commencement activities, visit

Bramlage Coliseum will also be the site for the Manhattan High School graduation, which is at 2 p.m. Sunday. Seniors at Riley County High School and Rock Creek High School will graduate at 3 p.m. Sunday. Wamego High School seniors will graduate at 4 And to celebrate the end of another semester and K-State Baseball, the Union Program Council and K-State Athletics will sponsor the annual post-game fireworks show after the 6:30 p.m. K-State vs. Texas Baseball game on Friday.

Enjoy choreographed explosions behind centerfield at Tointon Family Stadium.

The second game of the three part series against Texas will be at 6:30 p.m. Saturday. The final game will be at 3:30 p.m. Sunday.

Congrats to the graduates!




Go See It! Lecture Series: Scenic Byways, 7-8 p.m.

Learn about the different scenic routes in the Flint Hills. The Flint Hills Discovery Center is your starting point for an unforgettable exploration of the region. On the third Thursday of every month from March to October, featured speakers will highlight the unique places to visit throughout the Flint Hills and provide tips on how to best pursue an adventure in your own backyard. Lectures are free and light refreshments ClusterPluck with Blue Fruit Snacks, 9 p.m.

Aggie Central Station.


The Hosty Duo, 9 p.m.

Cost: $4.

Auntie Mae’s Parlor.





World premiere of a commissioned anti-bullying play called “Banyard” MHS Alum Richard Broadhurst, 7 p.m.

The play is bound for Scotland’s prestigious Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Featuring a gala from 5:30-7 p.m. for donors who have contributed $100 or more towards our July 27-August 11 trip to perform the play as part of the American High School Theatre Festival at the Fringe.

Also tour the MHS renovations and new construction, meet the cast and crew of “Barnyard,” meet playwright Richard Broadhurst and his documentary filmmaker, listen to MHS String Quartet Forza Femina.

Doors open at 6:45 p.m. Suggested minimum donation: $10 adults, $5 students.

Rezac Auditorium, MHS West Campus.


SHEL with Talk Toome, 9 p.m.

Aggie Central Station.





Run for the Fallen, 8 a.m.

Honor our fallen Soldiers and remember those who have given the ultimate sacrifice. The run will include a 4 and 2 mile course around main post. No pre-registration required, and pets and strollers are permitted.

Riley’s Conference Center, Fort Riley.


Deep Fried Squirrel with Nicholas St. James and Joshua Jay, 9 p.m.

Aggie Central Station.




Jazz Brunch, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Bluestem Bistro.


Read to Dogs, 2-4 p.m.

Read to a certified therapy dog. The dogs have been trained to listen, and they help children relax while reading. Avid readers welcome also. No sign up required.

Manhattan Public Library Storytime Room.


Scott Senn, Jazz pianist, 6-8:30 p.m.


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