By Andrew Canino
On the final day of classes before the holiday break, Rolesville High School saw its first group of students graduate on December 18. With the exception of one student who graduated from Rolesville last year, De’Nique Pickering, 2016 will see the first full class of students to graduate from the new high school in Rolesville.
“The mid-year graduates are (20) students who have taken all of their classes and don’t have any core courses left,” says Kim Douglass, the Dean of Student Services at Rolesville High School. “One of the benefits of choosing to graduate mid-year is the students are either interested in transitioning into the military or transitioning into a community college like Wake Technical Community College. A lot of our mid-year graduates have applied to Wake Tech, and we actually have one gentleman who’s entering the military after he graduates.”
Graduating mid-year does come with some sacrifices.
“Once a student is considered a mid-year graduate and they finish up their time at the school, they are no longer considered a student at Rolesville High School,” Douglass said. “This means they aren’t allowed to participate in activities like athletic events and prom and those types of events as a student.”
The one exception to this stipulation is the graduation ceremony.
“We do give our students the option to come back and participate in our June ceremony because we are not holding a mid-year ceremony,” she said. “So, we have a lot of students who have stated that they will be coming back to participate in our June ceremony, but then I have a few who have stated that they are transitioning out of state. One of the other colleges that one of our students is going to is Lyndon State College in Lyndonville, Vermont.”
The graduation ceremony for Rolesville High School’s first full graduating class will be held at the Raleigh Convention Center on June 8 at 8 p.m.