Wayne County Public Schools will graduate more than 1,000 seniors this week, but a total of 1,300 for this school year, officials said.
Three previous ceremonies were held in May for schools on the non-traditional calendar. Goldsboro High had 120 students receive diplomas, while 77 candidates graduated from Wayne School of Engineering and 58 from Wayne Early/Middle College High School.
The five remaining schools will hold commencement exercises later this week on the following schedule.
The ceremony at Charles B. Aycock High School will take place Thursday at 7 p.m. on the Hardy Talton Athletic Field. The Class of 2019 has 284 graduating seniors.
Rosewood High School’s ceremony will also be Thursday at 7 p.m., on the Branch Pope football field, with 122 students receiving diplomas.
Friday evening at 6 p.m., Southern Wayne High School will present 240 students with diplomas. The event will be held at Kornegay Arena on the University of Mount Olive campus.
The final two graduations will be held Saturday morning.
Beginning at 9 a.m., 260 students at Eastern Wayne High School will receive diplomas at Warrior football stadium.
Another 145 students from Spring Creek High School will get their diplomas during a 10 a.m. ceremony in Kornegay Arena at UMO.
Officials also noted that 40 WEMCH graduates and 44 from WSE earned not only a high school diploma but an associate’s degree from Wayne Community College.
This year’s WSE graduating class was also made up of the first class of sixth-graders to attend the school in the 2012-2013 academic year.
WCPS Superintendent Michael Dunsmore said the culmination of an elementary, middle and high school education is a momentous occasion.
“Graduation is an enormous academic milestone, which our graduating seniors have dedicated the past 13 years of their lives to attain,” he said. “We congratulate this year’s graduating class and commend them for their commitment to education and dedication to continued learning.
“We wish each of them the very best as they move on to this next phase of their lives, and begin to fully immerse themselves in the areas of higher education, the military and/or the workforce.”
There are also two additional events being commemorated in the coming weeks.
On Tuesday, June 10, Edgewood Community Developmental School will hold its annual graduation ceremony at 6:30 p.m. in the gymnasium to recognize students who met their program requirements. This year, the school will have a total of 17 graduates. Each student will be presented a certificate of completion.
“The Edgewood Community Developmental School graduation is a very special ceremony for these students and their families,” Dunsmore said. “We are very proud of what these graduates have accomplished, and look forward to being able to honor them for their efforts in completing their academic program.”
On July 16, WCPS will hold its annual summer graduation for students who complete their high school requirements by July 1, which is just after the end of the traditional academic calendar year. The event will be held at 6 p.m. in the Wayne Community College Moffatt Auditorium.