Pender Early College High School seniors celebrate another milestone

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PENDER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Some schools across the Cape Fear have gotten creative with their graduation ceremonies. Wednesday it was Pender Early College High School.

“They worked very very hard, and to the point to where they almost wouldn’t have a graduation, so we are very very thankful to everyone that worked so hard, put in so much time and effort into making sure that this happened for them. They do deserve every bit of it,” Parent Olivia Legere said.

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It was an overwhelmingly emotional day for both parents and their graduates as Pender Early College seniors celebrated the end of one chapter and made way for a new one.

Graduate Lily Hammond said she was thankful for the intimate ceremony for a couple of reasons.

“With the bigger graduations it’s a lot more people, and they’re kind of just rushing through everybody, and this one was just one at a time. You came in, walked through,” Hammond expressed.



Pender County Schools Spokesperson Alex Riley said they created two different graduation ceremonies for each school.

One is family focused and the other is traditional style. Wednesday they started with family at Heide Trask High School.

“Which allows eight members of the family to join the student as they walk across the stage and receive their diploma,” Riley said. “Any students or family members who might not feel comfortable with going into a mass gathering situation around hundreds, maybe even thousands of other people to still be able to celebrate that moment.”

Riley said the celebrations will run through next week.