Pender County student-focused graduation plans approved

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PENDER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — The Pender County Board of Education approved plans on Friday for student-focused graduation celebrations.

Pender County Schools said these events will allow the Class of 2020 to gather with classmates and family to celebrate this life milestone.

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The events will take place at each school’s on-campus football stadium. For Pender Early College, graduation will be held at Heide Trask. Seating is first-come first-served and family groups will be asked to enter the stadium together and sit together. Each school’s allotment of guest tickets is based on the size of the graduating class and the amount of space necessary to meet social distancing guidelines issued by state and national health organizations.

Pender Early College will begin the student-focused graduation process on Saturday, June 6 at 10 a.m. with gates opening at 9 a.m. In the event of inclement weather, a second event will held later that day at 4:30 p.m. If by chance that can’t happen, Saturday, June 13 would serve as the second rain make up day. Each Pender Early College student will be allowed to bring up to 16 family members with them for this occasion.

Heide Trask High will hold its event at 10 a.m. on Friday, June 12 with the gates opening at 8:30 a.m. A 6 p.m. makeup time is set for that same day in the event of bad weather. Again, Saturday, June 13 would serve as the secondary makeup day. Students at Heide Trask will be allowed to bring up to 8 guests to the event.



For Pender High, the student-focused graduation is set for Friday, June 12 at 10 a.m. with gates opening at 9 a.m. A 6 p.m. makeup time is set for later that day, with a similar 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. makeup slate on Saturday, June 13. Like Heide Trask, Pender students will be allowed to bring 8 guests with them to the celebration.

Finally, Topsail High will hold its student-focused event at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, June 12. Gates will open for students at 9 a.m. A 6:30 p.m. makeup time is set for that day if necessary, with two identical time slots set for Saturday, June 13, if needed. Topsail students will be allowed to bring up to four guests with them to graduation.

In addition to these student-focused graduations, registration is still going on for those interested in our family-focused graduation events. The link to signup is available on each school’s social media feeds and was sent to each senior’s district email account. Those events start next week and run through June 9 from noon – 8 p.m. Students have the option to attend either event, both events or neither.