South Paulding High School, North Paulding High School and East Paulding High School are set to host commencement ceremonies at each school Friday at 7 p.m.
Hiram High School and Paulding County High School are scheduled to host graduations at each school Saturday at 10 a.m.
South Paulding is expecting 438 graduates this year, said Assistant Principal Dianna Moyer. About 373 of the students plan to continue their studies in college, and about 32 plan to go into the military.
“I think it [number of students attending college] demonstrates this graduating class has stayed focused from day one,” Moyer said.
There are about 209 graduates receiving scholarships totaling an approximate $900,000.
“I think this class has risen to the challenge set before them,” she said.
Moyer said she is beginning to see a trend in students where they are more career-driven, and this class is no exception. She said school officials tell students to remember what they are working for, whether it is college, military or a career.
The number of students going to college exceeds the 2012 number, and she wanted to see the number grow, she said.
North Paulding is set to graduate about 378 students. About 293 plan to attend college and 15 expect to join the military, said counselor Britney Phillips.
Phillips said the students are thinking of their futures.
“It’s coming in from day one parents expecting them to go to college,” she said.
East Paulding is expecting 350 graduates, said senior counselor Valerie Moore in an email. Out of these students 52 percent plan to attend a four-year institution and 18 percent plan to attend a two-year college. Seven percent plan to join the military and 23 percent plan to join the workforce, she said.
The students are planning to attend 60 different colleges, and as of May 14 they have been offered more than $1 million in scholarship money — not including the HOPE Scholarship, Moore said.
Hiram High School was expecting about 320 graduates but could not give any other details last week, a school official said. Paulding County High School officials last week said they were unable to provide any information about graduates.