McCreery hauls in CMT hardware ahead of graduation

Posted June 7, 2012

— Garner native Scotty McCreery has been a model of efficiency since capturing the nation's heart on "American Idol" last year.

Aimee Sanders Spring 2012 high school graduation schedule

He's performed on the big stage with country music heavyweight Brad Paisley while also making time for high school classes and even baseball games. On Thursday morning, McCreery will end one chapter of his rollercoaster life when he graduates with honors from Garner Magnet High School. 

But based on his schedule in the last 24 hours, there's a good chance McCreery will want to celebrate his commencement with a nap.

On Wednesday night, less than 12 hours before he was scheduled to receive his diploma in Raleigh, McCreery was on stage in Nashville accepting Country Music Television's Breakthrough Video of the Year award for "The Trouble With Girls."

"This award is special to me because I got to film this at my home high school, Garner Magnet High School," McCreery said as he accepted the award. "So thanks to everybody who came out to support that and Roman White, the director, got everything going right."

Following the show, McCreery and his family caught a midnight flight back to Raleigh for Thursday morning's graduation, which was scheduled to begin at 8 a.m. 

Scotty McCreery CMT McCreery hauls in more hardware ahead of graduation

"We have to be there at like 7, so I'll be running low on sleep," McCreery told WRAL News in May. "I've been getting used to that over the last year."

In the fall, McCreery will begin juggling classes at North Carolina State University while pursuing a degree in communications and public relations.

Following Garner Magnet's commencement ceremonies Thursday morning, Green Hope High School (noon), Leesville Road High School (4 p.m.) and Wakefield High School (8 p.m.) will also honor graduating seniors at the Raleigh Convention Center.


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  • MRS PG Jun 8, 2012

    "wawaallen I know plenty of schools that have. When I graduated (100 years ago! LOL!) our ceremony was at 9 AM on a Wednesday. What part of the woods do you live in??

    Well ambygirl, someone may be from the woods, but they don't show their ignorance like you just did

  • ladyblue Jun 7, 2012

    i'm so happy for him wish him the best.....

  • Skywatch_NC Jun 7, 2012

    CONGRATULATIONS SCOTTY!! :) You and my niece graduated from high school the same year! :)

  • babscash Jun 7, 2012

    He is what american boys are suppose to be. Without the talent he is still a person to be proud of. He is respectful, knows to take the right path in life and is appreciative of what he has. Congrats to this young man and I know his parents and family are so proud of him as he should be of himself.

  • dollibug Jun 7, 2012

    Congratulations make NC PROUD.....Keep up the good work....and know that we, your fans, are here....May GOD bless you in all that you do....

  • billybob72 Jun 7, 2012

    I thought he changed his name to Scotty McCreedy.
    (This is something recently aired on "Conan" as a "Viewer Correktion". Its funny! Want to see it, go to, look on the "Comedy" tab, its currently on the 2nd page. Scotty participated in it, he's sure got a sense of humor).

  • DIGBY67 Jun 7, 2012

    I'm not a big fan of c-music or that song...but you gotta admire the guy for making the most of his talent and the opportunity to share it. He's stayed grounded and classy the whole way thru...good goin Scotty...all the best to you.

  • dontstopnow Jun 7, 2012

    I dont want to read the posts on this one because I am sure there are a few negative ones and I just want to say, CONGRATS SCOTTY! he is a fine young gentleman and I am proud to know he is from NC.

  • 3forme Jun 7, 2012

    Way to go Scotty...Just another example of dedication and hard work that you've always shown even before AI came along..

  • jwood011 Jun 7, 2012

    Lots of counties with only one or 2 high schools have evening ceremonies - this allows people to not miss work to attend. Usually it's only cities or school systems with several high schools that have many ceremonies in one day, beginning in the mornings. Everyone doesn't live in the Triangle or other large areas so instead of being so mouthy, some of you should try to remember that rural areas don't follow the same rule of thumb.