North Caroline High School graduation will be held as one event for all graduates on Tuesday, June 1 at 6:00 pm, with a rain date of Wednesday, June 2, same time. Each graduate will be given four (4) guest tickets.
The graduation was initially rescheduled for Saturday, June 5, for the purpose of conducting two ceremonies in one day. This was necessary to accommodate the number of graduates and families, while following Governor Hogan’s protocols, in place at that time, for outdoor gatherings. The weekend dates were necessary because a morning ceremony during school hours was not logistically possible, and impacted a larger number of guests who work weekday jobs.
However, the Governor’s latest executive order substantially increased the attendance limit on outdoor gatherings. As a result, staff spent a significant amount of time working on the logistics that would enable the seniors to graduate together in one ceremony. In considering alternative dates, resources for an outdoor ceremony such as audio-visual services and seating rentals had to be considered in light of dates booked for other schools.
Dr. Saelens stated, “We understand how difficult date changes are for graduates and families. However, in this most unusual year, nothing has come easy and adjustments have become the norm. Our goal has always been to provide the best experience for students and families, while adhering to whatever constraints were in place. Early planning has been necessary but also left us open to having to adjust based on new executive orders.
This change was made based on feedback from families and our own belief that if at all possible, seniors should graduate together. Since the Governor’s announcement, staff has worked diligently on the complicated logistics of one ceremony. Their commitment to making graduation special under unique circumstances last year and again this year has been unwavering.”