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Five schools to hold graduation ceremonies

By Phyllis Moore
Published in News on May 20, 2017 10:09 PM

Five high school commencement exercises will be taking place this week, with five more public schools' on tap for next month.

The first round of graduations kicked off this past Friday, when a dozen students received diplomas from Faith Christian Academy.

Wayne County Public Schools' three schools operating on the same calendar as Wayne Community College will graduate 232 students this week.

Wayne School of Engineering will hold its ceremony on Wednesday at 6 p.m. in the Goldsboro High School auditorium. The school will graduate 45 students.

Instead of the traditional valedictorian and salutatorian, WSE chooses student speakers to address their classmates.

Special speakers include Caleb Howard, Ruben Quiroz and Morgan Yelverton.

Thursday evening, Wayne Early/Middle College High School will graduate 65 students at 6 p.m. at The Bridge Church in Princeton. Like WSE, the school opts to feature students on the program.

Speakers for the event include Naudia Gay, Daryl Miles, Hay'ralah Alghorazi, James Powell III, Sabil Wahdan, Nia Maat, Cassie Murray and Verenisse Ponce Soria.

Wayne Country Day School is holding its event at the Paramount Theatre on Thursday morning at 11 a.m. Twenty students make up the Class of 2017.

Lorre Gifford has been chosen to deliver the faculty address and senior class president Allison Willman will present the class gift.

The school has co-valedictorians this year.

Aimée Barnes plans to attend the University of Virginia at Charlottesville, majoring in civil engineering and seeking a double minor in computer science and Spanish.

Mitchel DeBosky will be in pre-med at Notre Dame.

Goldsboro High School will have its graduation Friday night at 6 p.m. on the school's football field. There are 122 candidates for diplomas.

Valedictorian is Naquana Sessoms. She plans to attend N.C. State University and study international business.

Sharmane Powell is salutatorian. She will be going to A&T University to pursue a degree in mechanical engineering.

Wayne Christian School commencement will take place Saturday morning at 10 a.m. at the school, with 23 graduates.

Valedictorian is Justin Graham. He will be attending UNC-Chapel Hill to study either computer science or graphic design.

Joanna James, salutatorian, plans to attend Wayne Community College before transferring to a four-year school to study music education.

The remaining public schools will hold ceremonies in June.