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Southeast Raleigh seniors kick off Wake graduation season

Posted May 30, 2013

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— Students from 26 Wake County high schools will graduate over the course of the next two weeks, as seniors from Southeast Raleigh Magnet High School kicked off the celebration Thursday afternoon.

The Bulldogs' marched at 4 p.m. at the Memorial Auditorium at Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts in Raleigh.

Some graduates said Thursday that  they're taking the economy and rising college costs into consideration as they make post-high school plans.

Southeast Raleigh graduate Matthew Brayton said he will attend a cheaper community college before transferring to UNC Charlotte. 

"I won't have to take as many courses (at UNC)," he said.

According to the universities' websites, in-state students will pay about $22,200 in tuition, fees and room and board at North Carolina State University; $23,400 at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; $15,500 at North Carolina Central University; and more than $58,000 at Duke University.

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"(It's) disappointing because I knew, financially, we could not afford to pay for it," said parent Angie Hill. "I would work five jobs to make sure she gets through college."

Luckily for Hill, her daughter, Shakina Brooks, is a track star. N.C. Central gave her a full ride.

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"I am so excited," Brooks said. "Words can't even explain it right now."

In total, Southeast Raleigh graduates pulled in $2 million in scholarships and other funding.

Elsewhere in the Triangle, the Class of 2013 is the first to graduate from Heritage High School in Wake Forest. That ceremony takes place June 10. 

Across central North Carolina, the first two weeks of June mark a key milestone for thousands of families who see students accept a diploma and take the next step to adulthood. Even those without a grad in the family should be aware of possible traffic and parking impacts over the next two weeks near Duke Energy Center and the Raleigh Convention Center.

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Some students have already tossed their caps. Durham's graduation season began May 17 with three ceremonies – for Early College, Middle College and City of Medicine – at North Carolina Central University. Three Cumberland County schools also graduated last week.

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  • Krimson May 31, 2013

    Congrats to all the new Grads!

  • Krimson May 31, 2013

    kikinc: "The best in the state that ranks 32nd in the country in terms of education. That's not something to brag about."

    GreatSchools.org has rated the Raleigh Public School district the best in the country in terms of performance vs. size. Albeit, that rating is a couple years old...

    On a larger scale, NC currently achieves 32nd while being 49th in spending per student...

  • tayled May 31, 2013

    Look at the current history of temporary tax changes that ended up staying over the yrs.

    It's not the places that are the problem. It's the GA and the like raising our taxes, which will have the effect of trickling down to the state and local economy, and to the individual worker. It will become so expensive to live here that no company in their right mind would want to bring their people here. Thus, fewer jobs. These grads worked hard and should be proud of it, but they should also look to the future of NC and see how bleak it will become of some of this tax reform passes.

    We have reason to be negative in my opinion.

  • hedgy_one May 31, 2013

    Congratulation Graduates! I'm especially proud of "Amanda" who has worked really hard to get her degree.

  • NoObamaCare May 31, 2013

    tayled- how is RTP rated on a regular basis to be in the Top 5 for the best places to live, and or have the best potential for job growth and education?! People are so negative these days!

  • NiceNSmooth May 31, 2013

    "Lucky students. Any reason to be leaving the wake county schools is a good one."

    "What are you talking about? Wake county schools is just about the best in the state. Much better than some small country county like Harnett."

    The best in the state that ranks 32nd in the country in terms of education. That's not something to brag about

    Uhhh... it is alot to brag about to the 33rd state

  • tayled May 31, 2013

    Congratulations graduates I wish you well, but let me offer this advice. If you are staying in state to go to school, finish as soon as you can and leave. If you are going out of state, don't look back. This state will do you no favors with its draconian proposals for tax reform which will kill jobs here.

    Best of luck to all!

  • Billy the Kid May 30, 2013

    Welcome to the real world.

  • kikinc May 30, 2013

    "Lucky students. Any reason to be leaving the wake county schools is a good one."

    "What are you talking about? Wake county schools is just about the best in the state. Much better than some small country county like Harnett."

    The best in the state that ranks 32nd in the country in terms of education. That's not something to brag about.

  • NCSU84 May 30, 2013

    Good luck to all. Hope they have fulfilled their potential while in HS.

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