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2019 Mid-Year Graduation
2019 Mid-Year Graduation
Posted on 02/04/2019
Students receive their diplomas on stage, viewed toward the audience.A collage showing students walking across the stage and school officials speaking and participating in the ceremony.

By Tim Reaves
BCS Communications Department

Congratulations to the 175 students who received diplomas from Buncombe County Schools during the mid-year graduation ceremony held on Saturday, Feb. 2!

Families arrived at the Thomas Wolfe Auditorium on a beautiful Saturday morning. As they filed into the packed theater space, parents and grandparents carried flowers and balloons to celebrate their graduates’ successes. Students crossed the stage to reverberating cheers and received their diplomas, heads held high.

“Your achievements thus far indicate you will ultimately find a way to accomplish your goals,” said commencement speaker and Buncombe County Board of Education At-Large Representative Donna Pate. “Continue to get up and keep growing.”

Mid-year graduation serves students at non-traditional high schools like Buncombe County Middle College and the Martin L. Nesbitt Jr. Discovery Academy, along with students from district high schools who have earned enough credits to graduate by January.

“Some of you may have taken what Robert Frost calls ‘the road less traveled,’ others of you a more traditional path,” Pate said. “Whichever path you have chosen to walk does not matter, though, because, regardless of where that path started, each one has ultimately brought all of you to this same destination – graduation. … I want to encourage you to continue granting yourselves permission to journey down a different path to accomplish your goals. Free yourselves to continue taking risks instead of worrying about whether or not you will fail.”

High resolution photos of the event [Google Drive].

    Buncombe County Schools is in the process of reviewing its website to ensure compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Buncombe County Schools does not discriminate on the basis of sex in its education programs or activities and is required by Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972 and federal regulations to not discriminate in such a manner. This requirement extends to admission and employment. Inquiries about the application of Title IX and its implementing federal regulations may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator and/or the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights in the Office for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Education. The Title IX Coordinator's contact information is: Shanon Martin,, 828-255-5918, 175 Bingham Road, Asheville, NC 28806.

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