NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Schools across the Cape Fear have gotten creative with their ceremonies.
With recently loosened restrictions, one school in Wilmington is holding outdoor ceremonies this week.
“I thought we were going to do it like over like an online, a zoom meeting theme. I didn’t know they would’ve done all of this,” Graduate Aiden McBride said.
“I was really excited because they had talked about doing like a drive-thru graduation,” Graduate Emily O’Shields said.
It has been months of uncertainty for the middle school graduating class.
O’Shields said celebrating the milestone with her peers was priceless.
“I got to comeback and see all my classmates because I haven’t seen them in a couple of months, so it was fun to come back, but still keep a safe distance,” O’Shields expressed.
48 students graduated with the support of their families. Proud Father Chad O’Shields said he was amazed at how students finished the year.
“The students had the Google laptops at home, and they were actually able to interact live and complete the year,” O’shields said.
Head of School Dirk Mroczek said they wanted to do something special for students despite the pandemic.
“We consulted with local officials and then we looked at the different guidelines, and we wanted to observe all the guidelines that we could, and then recently Governor Cooper loosened up the guidelines, so we were able to do what we did today,” Mroczek said.
Student Jenny Garner said it meant a lot that the school pushed for a ceremony.
“I was happy with the turn out,” Garner said.
Mroczek said the school is enrolling, and they are also preparing to resume onsite classes in August.
Mrytle Grove Christian School will also be having a fifith grade and kindergarten graduation this week.