Families from all over stood together in the heat to celebrate a day to remember — their children’s graduation.
”Pomp and Circumstance” played through the speakers as students from three schools filed through the gates to the track of Anson High School’s football stadium. Students waved at their families and adjusted their hair, caps and gowns to look right for their special day.
Parents clapped and cheered as they heard their child’s name announced to receive their diplomas and rushed to stand in front of the gate to take a quick photo.
Isaiah Melton from Anson High School said a special viewer watched him as he walked across the stage.
“I’ve always dreamed of graduating and it means so much to me because I know my grandfather is looking down at me,” he said.
And his cousin, Bianca Lee, said she’s proud to see what he’s accomplished.
“This day is exciting because I get to see my little cousin graduate,” she said. “I’m excited to see what’s in the future (for him).”
Melton plans to attend Richmond Community College for two years to study surgical tech before he transfers to UNC-Pembroke — a two-hour drive from where fellow graduate Monique Mims plans on attending.
Mims graduated from Anson’s Early College program with associate degrees in arts and science and plans on attending UNC-Greensboro to study dentistry.
Stephanie Smith said it was a different experience to see all the schools in the county come together to celebrate graduation but was proud nonetheless to see her niece, Mims, receive her diploma.
“It’s sweet and very emotional,” she said. “It means a lot and we’re very proud of her.”
And before the students marched out to signal the end of one chapter and the beginning of another, Valedictorian Cydney Livingston of Anson High left them with a simple quote.
“Congrats to the class of 2018,” she said. “It’s been real.”