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Deborah Hayes Moore, Southern Hospitality 4:47 p.m. CDT July 14, 2015

As he helped bid adieu to graduating seniors during Sidney Lanier High School's 2015 Commencement exercises in May, Principal Antonio Williams took the time to recognize the class that had donned caps and gowns 50 years before. He also interjected a special moment for Sherlon Hosea (formerly known as Shirley Martin), who had enjoyed classes and her teen years with the 700-member Class of 1965. Unfortunately, she did not have the opportunity to graduate with the rest of her friends, so she was awarded with an honorary degree from Lanier during this year's ceremony.

Hosea recently joined 125 of her former classmates as they reunited to reminisce and celebrate during a weekend committed to promoting their alma mater and its current students, as well as to creating more opportunities to cherish memories of their days as Lanier "Poets" five decades ago.

Members of the Sidney Lanier Class of 1965 enjoyed a recent 50th reunion that began with a Friday night gathering in the Alley Station’s Ballroom. Having fun were, from left, Ginger Virgin Smith, Beth Gordy Dubina, Mary Ethel Williamson Gross and Anne Bernstein Enslen.(Photo: David Robertson Sr./Contributed)

Class of '65 50-year Reunion

Deborah Hayes Moore, Special to the Advertiser 3:13 p.m. CDT May 5, 2015

As graduation season commences, several former high school friends are planning gatherings to celebrate significant milestones since they wore caps and gowns, and left the familiar nests of their alma maters.

2015 marks the year several will come together for Golden Year reunions, but members of Sidney Lanier High School's Class of 1955 have already topped the charts, returning to the Capital City 60 years since their commencement ceremonies.

From left, Ruth Mitchell Ott, Joe Bob Day, Judy Paterson, Bill Kessler, rear, and Wardlaw Lamar were among the members of Sidney Lanier High School’s Class of 1955 gathering in Montgomery for a milestone 60-year reunion.(Photo: Deborah Hayes Moore/Special to the Advertiser)

Class of '55 60-yr Reunion

“I believe there are opportunities in front of us every day, and most of us miss them. We sometimes fail to recognize these events, the very minute they happen, as a chance to grow, get better and improve ourselves. Career opportunities are available as well, and through hard work and the drive for personal excellence, they can be maximized. Life is full of opportunity, and true and diligent preparation done every day will enable these students to capitalize on their future opportunities.”

- January 13, 2015

University of Alabama at Birmingham Division of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery Professor Robert Cerfolio, M.D., has formed a partnership with Sidney Lanier High School in Montgomery, Alabama, to assist and support students interested in pursuing a career in medicine.

“I believe there are opportunities in front of us every day, and most of us miss them. We sometimes fail to recognize these events, the very minute they happen, as a chance to grow, get better and improve ourselves. Career opportunities are available as well, and through hard work and the drive for personal excellence, they can be maximized. Life is full of opportunity, and true and diligent preparation done every day will enable these students to capitalize on their future opportunities.”

As part of this initiative, students at Sidney Lanier will participate in webinars with Cerfolio and other UAB faculty, staff and students to hear the latest research strategies and literature and gain access to mentors and other resources that introduce them to the broad field of medicine. UAB’s Office of Undergraduate Admissions also is partnering with the surgery division to provide follow-up services regarding the college-admission process, financial aid and strategies for success.

Cerfolio, chief of Thoracic Surgery and the James H. Estes Family Lung Center Research Endowed Chair in UAB’s School of Medicine, will speak at 8:15 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 13, at Sidney Lanier and will spend the day meeting teachers and students and touring the academic and athletic facilities.

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