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48 earn degrees from early college

Combined total of $1.9 million in scholarships earned

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A total of 48 Nash-Rocky Mount Early College High School students celebrated and turned their tassels Thursday during the class of 2019 commencement ceremony held at Nash Community College in Rocky Mount.

A total of 37 students graduated with associate degrees. The early college awarded 33 associates of arts, 19 associates of science, four associates of engineering, five industrial certificates, two criminal justice certificates, one welding technology certificate, one graphic and art design certificate, two business administration certificates and one budgeting and personal finance certificate.

Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools said 36 of the graduates will attend a four-year university, nine will attend a two-year college, one will enter the workforce and two students will enlist in the military.

The graduates who plan to continue their education received a combined total of $1.9 million in scholarships. New this year, students graduated with Latin honors including 15 summa cum laude (weighted GPA of a 4.250 or higher), eight magna cum laude (weighted GPA of a 4.0 – 4.249), and eight cum laude (weighted GPA of a 3.750 – 3.999).

The evening began with a processional performed by the Rocky Mount High School Strings Band. Students Mauranda L. Morgan and Raven N. Dillane sang the national anthem and student Keyera F. Robinson led attendees in the Pledge of Allegiance.

Students and guests were welcomed by Tammie L. Clark, vice-president for instruction and chief academic officer of Nash Community College. Principal Jennifer Sharpe presented opening remarks and student Ashley R. Castro, president of the Student Government Association, provided reflections.

The diplomas were presented by Superintendent Shelton Jefferies, Sharpe, counselor Renata C. Dean, college and career adviser Carey C. Davis, and the early college high school’s 2018-19 Teacher of the Year, Virginia Boone.