Hundreds of students at Garner Magnet High School will prepare to turn their tassels from the left to right, signifying a new chapter in their life.
Life after high school.
Some will go to college, some to vocational school, some to the military and others straight into the workforce.
Garner High will graduate 526 students Monday. Those students have received about $4.9 million in scholarship money and will go to 60 different colleges.
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“With a large number of graduates comes variety and diversity in achievement,” said Garner High principal Carter Hillman. “We have our academic scholars, our championship-caliber athletes, and our highly honored musicians.
“We have students who will excel in military pursuits and college and career plans. What makes Garner such a great place is its people are willing to dream big and go out and work toward those dreams. The Class of 2015 exemplifies that.”
This is Hillman’s first graduation at Garner as the new principal. Hillman said he’s been impressed with all of the support the graduating class has gotten from the community.
“I cannot be more impressed with our teachers and the passion they have toward working with and knowing our students,” he said. “Without the endless hours of effort they have put forth with these students, we wouldn’t be having such a large celebration.”
The graduation will take place at the Raleigh Convention Center at noon.
Be sure to leave plenty of time to commute and find parking. Visitors traveling via I-40 should be aware the exit 298-B is closed in both directions. Use exit 298-A as an alternate.
There are public parking garages on Lenoir Street between Salisbury and McDowell Street. There is one on McDowell Street between Cabarrus and Davie Street and one on Salisbury Street between Cabarrus and Davie Street.
All lots and parking decks near the convention center will cost $7 per car.
Drivers and pedestrians should be both alert and patient. Wake County Public Schools recommends that families carpool, bring a parking map or visit the Raleigh ParkLink website to plan ahead.
Students must be in place at least one hour before the ceremony starts.
Rules of graduation
GMHS reserves the right to withhold the diploma of any senior whose guests do not comply:
1. Guests will not shout out the name of any graduate.
2. Guests will not scream or shout any comment during the program
3. Guests will not applaud during the presentation of diplomas
4. Guests will not shout or cheer in any manner during the presentation of diplomas
5. Guests will not approach the stage in order to take photographs.
Directions to graduation
The Raleigh Convention Center is located adjacent to the Red Hat Amphitheater. The address is: 500 South Salisbury Street, Raleigh, N.C.
From the West: I-40 east to exit 298A, the alternate route to South Saunders Street.
From the East: 64/264 to I-440 east; merge onto I-40 west and exit at 298A.
From the South: US-1 north to I-40 east; exit at 298A alternate route towards South Saunders Street.
From the North: US-1 South into the city - left on Lenoir Street.