Schools set commencement times, activities

Commencement ceremonies for most high schools in Randolph County are scheduled for next Wednesday.

June 8 events will take place for schools in the Randolph County School System.

Asheboro High School’s commencement will be a night later, coming at 7 p.m. June 9 at Lee J. Stone Stadium on campus. If inclement weather interferes, that ceremony will be held in the South Asheboro Middle School gym.

Here are June 8 times: Eastern Randolph (6 p.m.), Trinity (6 p.m.), Randleman (7 p.m.), Southwestern Randolph (7 p.m.), Uwharrie Ridge Six-Twelve (7 p.m. at Journey Church in Asheboro), Providence Grove (8 p.m.) and Wheatmore (8 p.m.).

Ceremonies are generally scheduled for the stadiums on campuses. If weather conditions dictate indoor ceremonies, then tickets will be required in order for spectators to attend because of limited capacities.

Last week, Uwharrie Charter Academy held graduation Friday night in the school’s gym. Randolph Early College High School held commencement exercises May 20 at Journey Church.

For Asheboro High School’s commencement, attendees are reminded that parking is limited in many spots because of ongoing construction on campus. School officials are encouraging carpooling.

Leading up to commencement

Many schools have held graduation-related events in recent weeks, with those growing in number last week.

For instance Friday morning, Trinity held a capping and awards ceremony. 

Along with seniors collecting many recognitions was the announcement that of the 134 soon-to-be graduates, the average scholarship and grants earned per student was more than $26,000. So Trinity’s graduating class was the recipient of more than $3.5 million in financial assistance and support.

On the same day, Providence Grove seniors were slated for what’s called a graduation walk, visiting elementary schools —Liberty, Grays Chapel and Level Cross. Similar return-to-roots events were planned for seniors from other high schools, including Randleman, as well.

Many schools hold senior breakfasts on the morning of commencement. At Southwestern Randolph, organizers connected to the sponsoring Parent Teacher Student Organization have solicited community support for the breakfast “to make this a truly special event for your student since this is the last time they will be together in an informal environment before graduation.”

Classes at schools in the Randolph County School System end June 8, with a two-hour early release.

By Bob Sutton