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High school graduation season ramps up this week in Triangle

Raleigh's Broughton High School Graduation continues bell tower tradition

Video: Broughton High School holds commencement for 444 graduates on their campus on Thursday, June 9, 2016 in Raleigh, N.C. After the diplomas were awarded, 2016 graduates can climb the steep steps to the historic bell tower to add their signatur
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Video: Broughton High School holds commencement for 444 graduates on their campus on Thursday, June 9, 2016 in Raleigh, N.C. After the diplomas were awarded, 2016 graduates can climb the steep steps to the historic bell tower to add their signatur

More than 10,000 high school seniors will turn their tassels in the coming days at graduation ceremonies around the Triangle.

Locations such as the Raleigh Convention Center, Cameron Indoor Stadium at Duke University and the Dean Smith Center at UNC-Chapel Hill will be busy as they host one ceremony after another.

Here are some tips for attending the graduations.

Traffic challenges

Wake County seniors and their families will navigate their way to 19 graduations between Wednesday and Sunday at the Raleigh Convention Center in downtown Raleigh.

In addition to regular traffic, graduation attendees will have to deal with several other area events that will snarl traffic and take up parking spaces. Among the competing events are evening concerts Thursday, Friday and Saturday at the Red Hat Amphitheater, the PNC Downtown Raleigh Movie Series on Friday night and the Downtown Raleigh Food Truck Rodeo on Sunday afternoon.

The Wake County school system is advising families to:

▪ Allow significant time for traffic and parking because students must be in place at least one hour before the ceremony starts.

▪ Carpool. Share a ride from home or school and save on gas and parking.

▪ Go to bit.ly/1P8E0Kx to download a City of Raleigh parking map.

▪ Practice patience and watch for pedestrians.

▪ The parking spaces located along McDowell Street adjacent to the Raleigh Convention Center under the Shimmer Wall will be reserved for passenger drop-off for the duration of the graduation schedule.

▪ Golf carts will be available at the drop-off area and nearby parking garages to transport anyone who has trouble walking long distances to the doors of the Convention Center.

Watch from the comfort of home

All of the Wake County school system’s graduations and some of the graduations in Johnston County will be streamed live online. Go to www.wcpss.net/graduation for a link to each Wake ceremony.

Some do’s and dont’s

▪ Graduates should dress like they’re going to a professional interview. Men should wear button-up shirts, dress pants and dress shoes. Women should wear a skirt and blouse, a dress or dress slacks.

▪ Graduates shouldn’t wear jeans, shorts or sneakers.

▪ Balloons, noisemakers, beach balls and signs are among the many prohibited items.

T. Keung Hui: 919-829-4534, @nckhui

Graduation schedule for Triangle area high schools

June 8

Durham

At Duke University’s Cameron Indoor Stadium:

▪ Southern High, 9 a.m.

▪ Riverside High, 1 p.m.

▪ Jordan High, 5 p.m.

Johnston County

South Campus, 10 a.m. at school

Wake County

At Raleigh Convention Center:

▪ Panther Creek High, 12 p.m.

▪ Leesville High, 4 p.m.

▪ Rolesville High, 8 p.m.

June 9

Chapel Hill-Carrboro

Phoenix Academy, 6 p.m. at Extraordinary Ventures

Durham

At Duke University’s Cameron Indoor Stadium:

▪ Hillside High, 9 a.m.

▪ Northern High, 1 p.m.

▪ Durham School of the Arts, 5 p.m.

Orange County

▪ Partnership Academy, 10 a.m. at Stanford Middle School

▪ Orange High, 4:30 p.m. at UNC-Chapel Hill’s Dean Smith Center

▪ Cedar Ridge High, 7:30 p.m. at UNC-Chapel Hill’s Dean Smith Center

Wake County

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

▪ Broughton High, 10 a.m. at school

▪ Sanderson High, 12 p.m. at Raleigh Convention Center

▪ Athens Drive High, 4 p.m. at Raleigh Convention Center

▪ Mary Phillips High, 6 p.m. at Meymandi Concert Hall

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

June 10

Johnston County

Ceremonies to be held at individual schools:

▪ Cleveland High, 6 p.m.

▪ North Johnston High, 6 p.m.

▪ Smithfield-Selma High, 6 p.m.

▪ South Johnston High, 6 p.m.

▪ West Johnston High, 6 p.m.

▪ Clayton High, 6:30 p.m.

▪ Corinth Holders High, 6:30 p.m.

▪ Princeton High, 7 p.m.

Wake County

▪ East Wake High, 8 a.m. at Raleigh Convention Center

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

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

▪ Longview, 6 p.m. at school

▪ Ravenscroft School, 6:30 p.m. at school

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

June 11

Chapel Hill-Carrboro

At UNC-Chapel Hill’s Dean Smith Center:

▪ East Chapel Hill High, 9 a.m.

▪ Chapel Hill High, 1 p.m.

▪ Carrboro High, 5 p.m.

Wake County

At the Raleigh Convention Center:

▪ Fuquay-Varina High, 8 a.m.

▪ Holly Springs High, 12 p.m.

▪ Heritage High, 4 p.m.

▪ Wakefield High, 8 p.m.

June 12

Wake County

At the Raleigh Convention Center:

▪ Knightdale High, 8 a.m.

▪ Garner High, 12 p.m.

▪ Wake Forest High, 4 p.m.

▪ Green Hope High, 8 p.m.

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