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5-15-20 Important Graduation Message from Principal Hamler

Wake Forest High School Principal Message

May 14, 2020



Good afternoon Wake Forest High School Class of 2020!


Earlier this morning, Superintendent Moore and Board Chair Sutton shared with the community that we will be doing multiple things to celebrate our seniors. The first part of our plan is to celebrate our seniors with a virtual graduation program. Another part of our plan is to have a celebration at each school that will honor our seniors, provide for a celebratory distribution of diplomas, etc. Finally, the district has not ruled out a further celebration as a larger group in the summer or fall but that will depend on changes in state and local social distancing guidelines.


The virtual graduation will be broadcast on Thursday, June 11 at 4:00 pm. This will include aspects of the traditional graduation program including student and principal speeches, the turning of tassels, and the calling of each senior’s name. Closer to the graduation broadcast date, we will share avenues to access the ceremony via the school website. It will also be available after that time if that’s more convenient for families and will be available for families to save the video.


As a part of the virtual graduation, each student will have a slide that shows their senior portrait, has their name, and also shares if they are an honor graduate and/or a NC Scholar. Students will have a brief opportunity to review their slide and suggest updates and to verify content. On May 18, students will receive an email to their WCPSS email account giving them access to an online portal to review their information. Specifically,

o We will be using your senior portrait. If you choose to use another photo, you will need to log into the portal to make that change.

o If you prefer not to have your photo / name used in the slideshow, please let your principal know.

o The portal will open on May 20 at 8am and close on May 21 at 6pm. You will receive an email closer to the 20th with more information.


Wake Forest High School will provide seniors with a graduation experience on Wednesday, June 10, 2020. During specified times throughout the day (9-1, A-G) (11-1, H-N) and (2-4, O-Z), graduates and their parents are invited to campus to drive through different stations to receive senior acknowledgements, a senior gift bag, and their coveted diploma. At the end, students will drive to the front of the school where they and their parents will get out of the car and the student will walk up the steps to the platform to receive their diploma, hear their named called and have their picture taken by a professional photographer. We will post more information to the website in the coming days.


That is all for now, be safe. Go Cougars!