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May 21, 2010

High school seniors preparing for graduation

TARBORO — As the school year winds to a close, area seniors and their families are getting ready for the always joyous graduation season.

"The expectations for high school graduates are greater than they've ever been," said Edgecombe County Public Schools Interim Superintendent Dr. Stephen Mazingo. "They should be especially proud of that."

More than 400 high school seniors are expected to graduate this year.

Mazingo added that being prepared for the next chapter in their life may require more than a high school diploma.

"A high school diploma is not always enough to guarantee a good job in today's economy," he said. "I encourage graduates to take their diploma from here and pursue further education, either at Edgecombe Community College or at another college or unversity."

The Edgecombe Early College High School with hold its commencement ceremonies at 7 p.m. on May 25 in Keihin Auditorium on the campus of Edgecombe Community College and North Edgecombe High will use the same venue at the same time on June 10 for its graduation ceremonies.

SouthWest Edgecombe High will have its graduation at 8 p.m. on June 11 in Cougar Stadium and the Vikings of Tarboro High will walk across the stage at 10 a.m. on June 12 in the Viking Stadium.

If rain dampers the day at SouthWest or Tarboro High, the ceremonies will be moved into the respective gymnasiums at each school and tickets will be needed for admission.

In between graduations and the end of the school year, there will be senior awards and baccalaureates to attend.

North Edgecombe had their senior awards ceremony and picnic this morning at 9 a.m. and SouthWest will have its baccalaureate at 6 p.m. on Sunday.

SouthWest Edgecombe will give out senior awards at 7 p.m. on May 27 and Tarboro High will give out its awards at 7 p.m. on June 10.

North Edgecombe will have its Baccalaureate at 5 p.m. on June 6 with Tarboro High having there's an hour prior on the same day.

There are some tips for graduates on how to make the most of this memorable event and for those attending.

Graduates, be sure to:

• wear comfortable shoes since you don't know how long you will be standing,

• make sure all needed clothing is ready to go the day before including pantyhose, socks, etc.,

• try to be as well-rested as possible,

• to those giving speeches, keep them interesting, to those listening, pay attention, don't text;

• and express your gratitude to those who helped you along the way.

Those attending graduation:

• get to the graduation site early,

• be prepared for the weather, insect repellant, sunscreen, hats, water, etc.,

• try to dress as comfortable as possible,

• make sure your camera and phone are charged and you have necessary memory devices.

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