Ceremonies will mark end of high school for graduating Wake seniors

June 11, 2018 GMT

Thousands of Wake County high school students are expected to graduate over the next five days, meaning there will be increased activity at downtown’s Raleigh Convention Center.

At least 25 graduation ceremonies are scheduled to start Friday and extend through Wednesday, capping the high school years for around 11,000 Wake public school students who comprise the class of 2018. The Wake public school system is the largest public school system in North Carolina.

This is the last year that valedictorians in Wake public schools will be recognized. For incoming high school seniors, graduating seniors of 2019 will be recognized under a Latin honor system that won’t rank students individually but will recognize their GPAs.

Under the new system, students will have designations of cum laude, magna cum laude and summa cum laude.

“When you get to that level, the classes are really rigorous,” one student said. “It keeps a healthy competition between all of the students.”

The school changes have already been implemented at some Wake County high schools.<br /> <br /> The parents of a senior at East Wake High School paid for a billboard to honor their son, who had the highest GPA in his graduation class. Due to the new school changes, he won’t be named school valedictorian.