Seniors around Bladen County are eagerly counting the minutes until graduation and their final days of high school is declared officially over for the summer.
Their waiting is nearly over.
With graduation dates initially in jeopardy thanks to inclement weather earlier in the academic year, a decision was reached by the Bladen County Board of Education to leave the graduation dates as they were originally planned, instead using other options to make up the snow days.
East Bladen High School seniors will graduate Friday, June 13, at 7 p.m. on the school’s athletic field. In the event of inclement weather, the ceremony will be moved indoors to the main gymnasium. Students have already been issued their tickets for graduation.
The top two students at East Bladen are Emily Meggs and Desiree Moore. The guest speaker for the evening will be Brian Campbell of Campbell Oil.
West Bladen High School seniors will graduate Thursday, June 12, at 7 p.m. in the school’s gym. A ticket is required for admission to the ceremony and have been issued to the students.
“I know that both schools prefer to hold graduation outside whenever possible,” said Valerie Newton, the school district public relations and informatoin officer. “There’s just something about graduation being held outside that seems to make it nicer.”
The top two students at West Bladen High School are Zane Singletary and Travis Walters, who will also be speaking during the ceremony. There is no guest speaker scheduled for ceremony.
Students at both schools will be allowed to wear stolls for such honors as National Beta Club, CTE, SADD, Dream Team and such. At both schools, honors such as magna cum laude, suma cum laude and such will also be recognized.