It’s that time of year: the turned tassels, the tossed caps, the grinning graduates gripping diplomas while tearful parents stockpile snapshots.
But behind the repetitive rituals are unique stories of lives about to launch into a wide-open future. Even the commencement ceremonies themselves hold more than meets the eye.
There are the students in Heritage High School’s first-ever graduates, just three of them, with every final move continuing to create school traditions from scratch.
Or the two valedictorians at Wakefield High School, sharing GPAs and spots on the graduation program before scattering to school far from home in Indiana and Tennessee.
This year’s graduates stride from the stage as bold and as fearful as the classes that came before – read inside for graduation info and insight from the valedictorians, in their own words.
Athens Drive High School
Broughton High School
Cardinal Gibbons High School
“It was a reminder of how even though we would be leaving Cardinal Gibbons, we would continue to be a part of the Gibbons community,” Elizabeth said.
Enloe Magnet High School
Heritage High School
Leesville Road High School
Millbrook Magnet High School
Raleigh Charter High School
Sanderson High School
Southeast Raleigh High School
Wake Forest-Rolesville High School
Wakefield High School