Most local high school seniors will be able to have their graduation ceremonies in person by this weekend, a welcome change from the altered graduation ceremonies held last year at the beginning of the pandemic.
“We are extremely proud of all the Class of 2021 has endured and overcome. While the last year and a half has been a challenge for all, these graduates have persevered and boldly walk into the next phase of their lives as graduates of Nash County Public Schools,” said Steve Ellis, superintendent of Nash County Public Schools.
Valerie Bridges, superintendent of Edgecombe County Public Schools, said she is also “extremely proud” of the graduating seniors in her school district.
“They have been resilient and steadfast in the face of a tumultuous 15 months. This class has shouldered change, been strong in the face of a struggle, and they are prepared to walk as a team to the finish line. Hats off and much respect for the 2021 senior classes at Edgecombe Early College High School, North Edgecombe High School, SouthWest Edgecombe High School and Tarboro High School,” she said.
North Edgecombe High School will be holding its graduation ceremony at 8 p.m. Friday in the Keihin Auditorium on the Tarboro campus of Edgecombe Community College. Tickets are required for admittance, but the ceremony will be available for viewing at https://www.youtube.com/amplifyecps.
Both Tarboro High School and SouthWest Edgecombe High School are planning to hold their graduation ceremonies outside, weather permitting.
The Tarboro High School graduation will be held at 6 p.m. Friday in the school’s football stadium.
SouthWest Edgecombe High School plans to hold its graduation ceremony at 10 a.m. Saturday at that school’s football field.
These plans may change based on weather conditions. Susan Hoke, communications and community relations coordinator for Edgecombe County Public Schools, said a decision will be made at 10 a.m. on Wednesday about whether these ceremonies will need to be moved into the school gymnasiums due to anticipated inclement weather.
If the ceremonies are held indoors, a live-stream video will be available at https://www.youtube.com/amplifyecps. If they held outdoors, the ceremonies will be available by going to https://www.nfhsnetwork.com/users/sign_up .
The Edgecombe Early College High School already has held its graduation ceremony. That event took place Wednesday at the Keihin Auditorium on the Tarboro campus of Edgecombe Community College, where that school is located.
Most high school graduations for Nash County Public Schools are being held outdoors this weekend. School officials announced that the decision was made based on the response to a survey sent out earlier this year.
“With an overwhelming majority — 76.1 percent — of survey respondents voting to have graduation on their school’s athletic field, Nash County Public Schools will be conducting formal graduation ceremonies in the athletic stadiums of each comprehensive high school,” the school district announced.
Rocky Mount High School seniors will graduate at 9 a.m. Friday in the Rocky Mount High School football stadium.
That ceremony will be followed by the Nash Central High School graduation at 11 a.m. in the Nash Central High School football stadium.
The Northern Nash High School graduation will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday in the school’s football stadium. Southern Nash High School seniors will turn their tassels at 11 a.m. Saturday in the Southern Nash Football Stadium.
Tickets are required for entry. No rain contingency plans have been announced and no links for live streaming of the graduations have been provided.
Two Nash County Public Schools high schools already have had graduation ceremonies.
Nash-Rocky Mount Early College High School held its graduation ceremony at 2 p.m. Thursday in the Brown Auditorium on the campus of Nash Community College, where the school is located.
Tar River Academy held its graduation ceremony Friday at 6 p.m. at the Rocky Mount Event Center.