For the third consecutive year, the graduation rate at Lenoir County Early College High School is expected to hit 100 percent.
The Class of 2017 will formalize that achievement at a commencement ceremony at 6 p.m. Wednesday in the gymnasium at Lenoir Community College, where Early College operates.
Because Early College follows the LCC calendar, its school year starts and ends earlier than other LCPS schools and its graduation precedes that of other LCPS high schools by about a month.
This year, Early College commencement will feature its largest graduating class ever at 37 students. About half the class will go from high school to community college graduate in the course of 24 hours; on Thursday, they will receive associate degree from LCC. Four members of the class will receive two associate degrees.
At Early College High School, operated in conjunction with LCC since 2007, students follow an accelerated learning program to earn a high school diploma and work toward or complete an associate degree over four or five years. Nine students in the Class of 2017 will leave after four years.
Two of the four-year graduates, Raven Breinholt and Noah Jackson, will deliver student addresses at commencement; and Mark Weatherington, a fifth-year senior, will speak as the super-senior class representative. Also on the program are LCPS Superintendent Brent Williams and LCC president Dr. Rusty Hunt.
Four other commencements are scheduled for LCPS seniors in June: Lenoir County Learning Academy at 10 a.m. on Friday, June 9, at Kennedy Home Chapel, and – all on Saturday, June 10 – South Lenoir High School at 9 a.m. in the school gym, Kinston High School at 11 a.m. in the school gym and North Lenoir High School at 1 p.m. in the gym at LCC.