Graduation dates for Stokes County seniors have now been finalized and posted on the school system’s website after school board members were polled for approval last week.
Reversing the order of last year, North Stokes High School will hold its graduation on Thursday, May 16 at 7 p.m. South Stokes will follow with graduation on Friday, May 17 at 7 p.m.
On Saturday, May 18, West Stokes High School will hold graduation at 9 a.m. and Meadowbrook Academy will hold graduation at noon.
Last year West, South and North Stokes held ceremonies on the football fields of their schools. Dr. Todd Martin, assistant superintendent of schools, said the traditional high schools are scheduled to graduate on their own campuses again this year.
Meadowbrook’s ceremony has traditionally been held at First Christian Church of King, and school staff originally proposed to hold the first Stokes Early College High School graduation at a church in Stokes County, but that could change. Locations for those two graduations have not been finalized yet by the school board.
At the board’s Dec. 20 meeting, parent Pat Jenson came before the school board during the public comment session to express her concerns over graduations incorporating religion into their ceremonies. She stated that there were facilities available for graduations other than churches, which could be uncomfortable locations for some people. She also noted concern with prayers taking place during graduation ceremonies.
Graduation for the first Stokes Early College High School class will take place on May 9, 2013, at 9 a.m. This date was approved by the Stokes County Board of Education last fall. Though the early college program is supposed to last five years, allowing students to graduate with a high school diploma and an associate’s degree, several students will be able to graduate after just four years.
Forsyth Technical Community College, which offers college classes for the students, requires them to graduate from high school before they can receive their associate’s degree. So the early college students will graduate the morning of May 9, then they will participate in the college graduation that night. At the suggestion of the school board, the early college graduation ceremony will take place somewhere in Stokes County.