Grads bid farewell to Early College High School

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Thirty-five Nash-Rocky Mount Early College High School students marked the end of their high school careers May 29 during their graduation ceremony.

Dr. William Carver, president of Nash Community College, welcomed the students with passion and said to the audience, ”They are taking college courses while they are in high school, people.”

Highest ranking fifth-year senior Jullian Hyatt cited that the students had been offered more than $1.3 million in scholarship funds to various colleges and universities.

“We will give people more reasons to love us. You may not think like us, but you will look up to us and be proud of our accomplishments,” Hyatt said. “Tomorrow, we will succeed.”

As the graduates prepare to enter the next chapter of their lives, some of them will do so with two years of transferable college credit, or an associate’s degree. Those who opted to stay in the program for five years are candidates for degrees from Nash Community College. All of them have taken college courses while in high school, and Superintendent Anthony Jackson said he has high expectations for all of the graduates.

“Our Early College students prove over and over that high quality instructional programs, rigor and relevance prepare our students with the skills they need to be successful in 21st Century higher education and careers,” Jackson said. “We know these students are career and college ready, and we wish them much success in their future endeavors.”