Dr. Johnson O. Akinleye is congratulated after being named the new chancellor of N.C. Central University. Dr. Akinleye is the 12th chief executive of the university, succeeding Chancellor Debra Saunders-White who died last November.
East Wake High grad Megan Faircloth, who overcame being homeless in her junior year to graduate at the top of her class and earn a scholarship to Stanford, was honored by NC Governor Roy Cooper at the Governor's Mansion on Thursday, June 22, 2017.
Alondra Pagan-Galarza, 8, of Fuquay-Varina, NC is a visually impaired student who placed among the top 50 students in Braille writing, comprehension, spelling and speed in the country. The second-grader is one of only four visually impaired students at Oak Grove Elementary School in Cary.
Shanta Lightfoot, a senior administrator for Middle School English Language Arts for Wake County Public School Systems, graduated from N.C. State in 2008 having participated in the Teaching Fellows Program. The program was cut in 2011 but now appears to be making a return. Lightfoot talks about the impact of losing the program and what it means for it to return.
North Carolina high school senior Marvin Wright had his diploma withheld by SouthWest Edgecombe High School after he refused to read a graduation speech written by his school’s administrators. The class president eventually received an apology from the superintendent.
Following commencement exercises each year the seniors at Broughton High School in Raleigh, NC are allowed to enter the historic school's bell tower for the first time to sign their name. Senior Sumaiyah Choudry explains what makes the event so special.
Graduating seniors from Wake County schools Class of 2017 go back to elementary school to talk with first, third, and fifth graders. Hear what questions the youngest students have and the sage advice of the graduates.
East Wake High's Megan Faircloth has been overwhelmed
by the positive response and offers of support after a story on newsobserver.com told her story of graduating at the top of her class with a 5.25 and receiving a scholarship to Stanford despite being homeless for much of her junior and senior years of school.