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Paulding expecting 1,900 graduates Friday, Saturday
by Tom Spigolon
May 21, 2014 04:04 PM | 1144 views | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Staff / Tom Spigolon<br>From left, Paulding County High School student Darvante Varner, son of Rosa Varner of Dallas, shows his diploma while Principal Paul McMahon looks on during the school’s Exceptional Students Education Program graduation ceremony last week. Other graduates included Jacob Johnson and Ashley Parvin.
Staff / Tom Spigolon
From left, Paulding County High School student Darvante Varner, son of Rosa Varner of Dallas, shows his diploma while Principal Paul McMahon looks on during the school’s Exceptional Students Education Program graduation ceremony last week. Other graduates included Jacob Johnson and Ashley Parvin.
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School system officials foresee almost 1,900 high school seniors receiving diplomas Friday and Saturday during graduation ceremonies at Paulding’s five high schools.

Ceremonies are set at East Paulding, Hiram and Paulding County high schools Friday at 7 p.m.; and North Paulding and South Paulding high schools Saturday at 9 a.m. All are scheduled for the schools’ athletic stadiums.

Superintendent Cliff Cole said graduation “is one of the most exciting days of the entire school year.”

“It is the culminating event in our students’ educational lives that started over a decade ago when they entered school for the first time as kindergarten students,” Cole said. “It is truly amazing to see these young men and women walk across the stage to receive their diplomas having completed this milestone in their young lives.”

The lineup of ceremonies this weekend:

- East Paulding expects about 388 graduates Friday.

- Hiram High School expects about 325 to graduate Friday.

- North Paulding expects about 450 to graduate Saturday.

- Paulding County High School expects about 300 seniors to graduate Friday.

- South Paulding High School expects about 373 seniors to graduate Saturday morning.

In the event of rain, Hiram, North Paulding and Paulding County officials said their ceremonies will be delayed but kept in the same location. East Paulding and South Paulding officials plan to move their ceremonies to the schools’ gymnasiums if the weather dictates.

Cole said the mission of the Paulding County School District is to prepare all students for success.

“I sincerely hope that our graduating students will find personal and professional success in whatever path their lives lead,” Cole said. “We have provided them with a foundation of learning that will prepare them to meet the challenges of the world beyond high school.

“Whether our graduates go straight to the world of work, college, military service, or some other vocation I wish them the best and encourage them to stay true to themselves, never stop learning, and remember how important it is to give back to the community and nation that have afforded them so many opportunities,” he said.

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