Moving the tassel: More than 1,600 to receive diplomas at weekend high school graduations
The Daily Reflector
Friday, June 7, 2019
More than 1,600 students are scheduled to receive their high school diplomas this weekend at ECU's Minges Coliseum.
Six Pitt County public high schools will for the first time recognize students as cum laude, magna cum laude or summa cum laude graduates. More than 400 students will graduate with distinction.
Graduation ceremonies will begin at 2:30 p.m. today with D.H. Conley High School, followed by J.H. Rose High School at 6:30 p.m. Saturday's ceremonies begin at 9 a.m. with South Central High School, followed by followed by North Pitt at 12:30 p.m., Farmville Central at 3:30 p.m. and Ayden-Grifton at 6:30 p.m.
With six graduation ceremonies scheduled over two days, roads around Minges Coliseum likely will be congested. Because graduations are scheduled within hours of each other, those attending are asked to leave the Minges parking lot quickly to make room for incoming guests and graduates.
"Graduation is always an exciting time and traditionally a formal event,” Pitt County Schools Public Information Officer Jennifer Johnson said. “Following our rules of decorum will also ensure a great day for each and every graduate.”
Additional graduation guidelines from Pitt County Schools:
■ Only those guests with tickets will be permitted entry. Tickets are managed by ECU Event One Staff this year. All tickets are scanned and single-use with no re-entry.
■ Twenty minutes after the start of each high school’s commencement, all gates into Minges will be closed. To avoid disruption, no one will be permitted to enter the ceremony afterward.
■ All guests and graduates will have to pass through a metal detector before entering Minges Coliseum. Bags and purses can be no larger than 10 inches-by-10 inches.
■ Prohibited items include pocket knives, balloons, beach balls, air horns, sound makers, confetti, silly string and signs (including enlarged photos of graduates).
■ Flash photography, standup videotaping and the use of tripods are not permitted during the ceremonies.
■ All guests are instructed to refrain from unsolicited shouting, whistling and applauding so that every graduate's name can be heard as it is called.
The commencement exercises will air live locally on Suddenlink Channel 13, the Pitt County Government TV channel, and will be streamed live at go.pittschools.org/livestream Within a week after the commencement exercises, the public will be able to view and download each high school’s graduation video on this site as well.