Wake County 2022 Raleigh High School Graduations: Timeline

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Wake County High School Graduation is returning to downtown Raleigh this spring after being held on school campuses for the past two years due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Most of the Wake County School System’s 34 high school graduation ceremonies will be held this spring at the Raleigh Convention Center or Meymandi Hall. These two downtown Raleigh locations have not been used for the past two graduation seasons due to COVID-19 restrictions that have forced schools to find other ways to honor their graduates. seniors.

School administrators are due to discuss graduation plans for the class of 2022 at a school board committee meeting on Monday.

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Some Panther Creek High School graduates stood in celebration after students turned their acorns in June 2016 at the Raleigh Convention Center. Twenty-four Wake County high schools will hold commencement ceremonies in a six-day period beginning Friday. Harry Lynch File photo N&O

COVID has changed graduation plans

The Wake County School System has historically centralized the graduation process to only have indoor ceremonies at a few sites, primarily in downtown Raleigh. Before the pandemic, Broughton High School in Raleigh was the only district school to graduate on campus.

But when North Carolina reduced capacity capacity limits in 2020 due to COVID-19 concerns, Wake canceled the use of large downtown venues. High schools have moved to either drive-through graduation ceremonies or timed individual tours.

COVID rules were relaxed enough last spring to allow most high schools to hold a large outdoor graduation ceremony at their football stadium. Some schools still cited COVID concerns and split graduates to hold multiple ceremonies instead of a single event.

Allow time for traffic and parking

All Wake high schools will host a large indoor ceremony this year. Of the 34 ceremonies, 21 will take place at the Raleigh Convention Center and nine at Meymandi Hall.

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English teacher Joann Duncan adjusts the caps and gowns of Cary High School graduates as they pass her inspection backstage at the Raleigh Convention Center before walking through the stage to receive their diplomas on June 12, 2017 in Raleigh, NC Duncan taught for 53 years, and coordinated graduation at Cary High School for twenty years. “She is a Cary treasure and one of our most dynamic teachers,” said Amanda Boshoff, vice-principal. How Robert Willett got it: I stood behind the stage as graduates lined up to receive their diplomas. I noticed the attention Duncan gave to each student who passed her. I used a low camera angle and a long lens to isolate them. I used a Canon-1DX camera with a 70-200mm lens, the ISO was set to 2500 and the exposure was 1/125 second at f/3.2. Robert Willette [email protected]

The school system will also hold graduations at Reynolds Coliseum on the NC State University campus for the first time since 2008. Since then, Reynolds has undergone $35 million in upgrades, such as installing a air conditioning system.

The first modified-schedule middle and high schools will hold graduations in May because their school years end earlier. The bulk of Wake high schools, which follow the traditional schedule, will hold six-day graduations in June.

Wake had planned in 2020 to shorten the length of June graduations to four days by making extensive use of both Reynolds Coliseum and downtown Raleigh locations. But Wake only has Reynolds for two ceremonies in May this year.

Heavy traffic in downtown Raleigh has always been a challenge for graduate families and guests. Wake advises people to plan ahead and allow plenty of time for traffic and parking.

Traffic may be less of a problem this year as more people work from home instead of commuting to work in downtown Raleigh.

Wake County Graduation Calendar 2022

Here is the 2022 graduation schedule for the Wake County School System:

Friday May 20

Wake Young Men’s Leadership Academy and Wake Young Women’s Leadership Academy, Meymandi Hall, 9 a.m.

tuesday 24 may

Wake STEM Early College, Meymandi Hall, 10 a.m.

Vernon Malone College and Career Academy, Meymandi Hall, 2 p.m.

North Wake College and Career Academy, Meymandi Hall, 5 p.m.

Wake Early College of Health and Sciences, Meymandi Hall, 8 p.m.

Wednesday May 25

Knightdale High School, Reynolds Coliseum, 7 p.m.

Friday May 27

Southeast Raleigh High School, Reynolds Coliseum, 7 p.m.

friday june 10

Broughton High School, Holliday Gym, 10 a.m.

Project SEARCH, Embassy Suites RTP, 5 p.m.

Sanderson High School, Raleigh Convention Center, 8 p.m.

Saturday June 11

Holly Springs High School, Raleigh Convention Center, 8 a.m.

Athens Drive High School, Raleigh Convention Center, 12 p.m.

Longview School, Meymandi Hall, 2 p.m.

Garner High School, Raleigh Convention Center, 4 p.m.

Phillips High School, Meymandi Hall, 6 p.m.

Rolesville High School, Raleigh Convention Center, 8 p.m.

Monday January 13

Heritage High School, Raleigh Convention Center, 8:00 a.m.

Panther Creek High School, Raleigh Convention Center, 12 p.m.

Carrefour FLEX, Meymandi room, 2 p.m.

Leesville Road High School, Raleigh Convention Center, 4 p.m.

SCORE Academy, Meymandi Hall, 6 p.m.

Millbrook High School, Raleigh Convention Center, 8 p.m.

tuesday june 14

Wake Forest High School, Raleigh Convention Center, 8 a.m.

Fuquay-Varina High School, Raleigh Convention Center, 12 p.m.

Apex Friendship High School, Raleigh Convention Center, 4 p.m.

Enloe High School, Raleigh Convention Center, 8 p.m.

Wednesday June 15

Wakefield High School, Raleigh Convention Center, 8 a.m.

Cary High School, Raleigh Convention Center, 12 p.m.

Middle Creek High School, Raleigh Convention Center, 4 p.m.

Green Hope High School, Raleigh Convention Center, 8 p.m.

Thursday June 16

South Garner High School, Raleigh Convention Center, 8:00 a.m.

Green Level High School, Raleigh Convention Center, 12 p.m.

Apex High School, Raleigh Convention Center, 4 p.m.

East Wake High School, Raleigh Convention Center, 8 p.m.

More information

Visit wcpss.net/graduation for more information on the Wake County School System’s graduation plans for 2022. The site includes a link to the schedule and tips for attending the ceremony.

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T. Keung Hui has been covering K-12 education for the News & Observer since 1999, helping parents, students, school employees and the community understand the vital role education plays in North Carolina. Its primary focus is Wake County, but it also covers statewide education issues.

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