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Here come the grads! High school commencements will affect traffic and parking.

Raleigh Convention Center hosts Wake County graduates including hundreds from Cary High School

Video: Cary High School commencement at the Raleigh Convention Center on Monday, June 12, 2017.
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Video: Cary High School commencement at the Raleigh Convention Center on Monday, June 12, 2017.

Thousands of Triangle high school seniors will turn their tassels next week during six days of graduation ceremonies that will crowd streets, event centers and parking lots.

From Monday through Saturday, 39 high school graduation ceremonies will be held by the Wake County, Durham, Orange and Chapel Hill-Carrboro school systems. The majority of graduations will take place at the Raleigh Convention Center downtown, Dean E. Smith Center in Chapel Hill and Cameron Indoor Stadium in Durham.

The combination of thousands of graduates and their guests means patience will be needed getting to the ceremonies, finding parking and then leaving before the next ceremony starts. Wake County seniors need to be in place at least an hour before graduation starts so the district is advising people to “allow significant time for traffic and parking.”

There will be a passenger drop-off zone outside the Raleigh Convention Center along McDowell Street under the “Shimmer Wall.” Golf carts will be available at the drop-off area and nearby parking garages to transport anyone with difficulty walking.

The Wake County school system has created a website with information about graduations, including a link to downtown parking lots and garages and links to livestreams of each ceremony. It can be found here: www.wcpss.net/graduation.

In Wake County, a record 11,469 seniors will graduate with a record $180 million in scholarships.

Durham Public Schools also has a website for graduation ceremony information at www.dpsnc.net/domain/124.

Here’s the graduation schedule:

Wake County Public School System

Monday, June 10

Sanderson High, Raleigh Convention Center, 4 p.m.

Garner High, Raleigh Convention Center, 8 p.m.

Tuesday, June 11

Broughton High, Holliday Gym, 2 p.m.

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

Phillips High, Enloe High School, 6 p.m.

Holly Springs High, Raleigh Convention Center, 8 p.m.

Wednesday, June 12

Apex High, Raleigh Convention Center, 8 a.m.

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

SCORE Academy, Enloe High School, 2 p.m.

Panther Creek High, Raleigh Convention Center, 4 p.m.

Crossroads FLEX, Peace University’s Kenan Auditorium, 6 p.m.

Athens Drive High, Raleigh Convention Center, 8 p.m.

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Some Panther Creek High School grads stood in celebration after the students turned their tassels 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 N&O file photo

Thursday, June 13

Knightdale High, Raleigh Convention Center, 8 a.m.

Heritage High, Raleigh Convention Center, 12 p.m.

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

Longview School, Enloe High School auditorium, 6 p.m.

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

Friday, June 14

Rolesville High, Raleigh Convention Center, 8 a.m.

Wake Forest High, Raleigh Convention Center, 12 p.m.

Green Hope High, Raleigh Convention Center, 4 p.m.

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

Saturday, June 15

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

Apex Friendship High, Raleigh Convention Center, 12 p.m.

Fuquay-Varina High, Raleigh Convention Center, 4 p.m.

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

Durham Public Schools

Tuesday, June 11

Lakeview School, at school, 3 p.m.

School For Creative Studies, Riverside High School, 5 p.m.

Performance Learning Center, Riverside High School, 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, June 12

Southern High School, Cameron Indoor Stadium, 9 a.m.

Riverside High School, Cameron Indoor Stadium, 1 p.m.

Jordan High School, Cameron Indoor Stadium, 5 p.m.

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East Wake High School students turn their tassels to become graduates during their commencement ceremony at the Raleigh Convention Center in Raleigh, N.C. Friday, June 10, 2016. Aaron Moody amoody@newsobserver.com

Thursday, June 13

Hillside High School, Cameron Indoor Stadium, 9 a.m.

Northern High School, Cameron Indoor Stadium, 1 p.m.

Durham School of the Arts, Cameron Indoor Stadium, 5 p.m.

Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools

Saturday, June 15

East Chapel Hill High School, Dean Smith Center, 9 a.m.

Chapel Hill High School, Dean Smith Center, 1 p.m.

Carrboro High School, Dean Smith Center, 5 p.m.

Orange County

Thursday, June 13

Cedar Ridge High School, Dean E. Smith Center, 11 a.m.

Friday, June 14

Orange High School, Dean E. Smith Center, 7:30 p.m.

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T. Keung Hui has covered 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. His primary focus is Wake County, but he also covers statewide education issues.
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