• Graduation 2022
     Ashbrook        Bessemer City        Cherryville        Stuart W. Cramer         East Gaston
    Forestview        Gaston Early College        Gaston County Virtual Academy        Highland        
    Hunter Huss     North Gaston      South Point       Warlick Academy     Webb Street

Graduation Schedule

  • It's time for high school graduation in Gaston County Schools! The schedule is below.

    • Ashbrook: Saturday, June 4, 9:00 a.m., Stadium.

    • Bessemer City: Saturday, June 4, 9:00 a.m., Stadium.
    • Cherryville: Saturday, June 4, 9:00 a.m., Stadium.
    • Stuart W. Cramer: Saturday, June 4, 9:00 a.m., Stadium.

    • East Gaston: Saturday, June 4, 9:00 a.m., Stadium.
    • Forestview: Saturday, June 4, 9:00 a.m., Stadium.
    • Gaston Early College: Held Thursday, May 19.
    • Gaston County Virtual Academy: Wednesday, June 1, 9:00 a.m., Gastonia Conference Center

    • Highland: Saturday, June 4, 11:00 a.m., Auditorium.
    • Hunter Huss: Saturday, June 4, 9:00 a.m., Stadium.
    • North Gaston: Saturday, June 4, 9:00 a.m., Stadium.
    • South Point: Saturday, June 4, 9:00 a.m., Stadium.
    • Warlick Academy: Wednesday, June 1, 2:00 p.m., Gymnasium. 
    • Webb Street School: Wednesday, June 1, 12:00 p.m., Gymnasium.

Ticket Information

  • Each school will communicate with students/families about the number of tickets that will be allotted for each graduate.  Anyone with questions about tickets should contact the school.

Safety at Graduation

  • All high schools have a comprehensive safety plan for graduation, and school officials have spent time working with local law enforcement to ensure that graduation is an enjoyable experience for everyone in attendance.  To ensure safety, the following procedures will be in place:

    ▪ Each school will have additional security personnel – a police presence will be noticeable on campus.

    ▪ Attendees should arrive early and be prepared to stand in line to enter the ceremony.

    ▪ Metal detectors (walk-through units and hand-held wands) will be used.  Everyone at graduation, including students, parents, relatives, school personnel, and guests, will be subject to metal detection screening.

    ▪ Attendees are discouraged from bringing purses and handbags to graduation.  Purses/handbags must be screened, which is a process that slows down the entrance line.

    ▪ Traffic congestion is likely near the high schools beginning one hour before the start of graduation.  Attendees should plan accordingly to allow enough time for parking and entering the ceremony.

    ▪ Being vigilant is important.  Anyone who sees or is aware of suspicious activity at graduation should contact a school official or law enforcement immediately.

Graduation Pictures

  • Check back here for a slideshow of pictures from each ceremony.

Graduation Coverage

  • Be sure to check out The Gaston Gazette for the newspaper's Senior Spotlight series.  Plus, the Belmont Banner-News is highlighting outstanding seniors from South Point High School, East Gaston High School, and Stuart W. Cramer High School while the Cherryville Eagle is featuring seniors from Cherryville High School.

    We would like to thank our local newspapers for the positive attention they bring to the Class of 2022 in Gaston County Schools!

VIDEO: Star Teacher-Student Awards

INFO: Star Teacher-Student Awards

  • Each year, Gaston County Schools partners with The Gaston Gazette to sponsor the Star Teacher-Student Awards.  It's a program that recognizes a Star Student in the senior class (one from each high school) and the teacher who had the greatest influence on the student's life. 

    Because of the pandemic, we were not able to conduct an in-person ceremony in April at the Schiele Museum; however, we produced this video for Channel 21 that highlights our Star Students in the Class of 2021 and their Star Teachers. The video will air at various times on Spectrum Cable Channel 21 during graduation season as we celebrate the Gaston County Schools Class of 2021.

    We would like to thank The Gaston Gazette for its continued sponsorship of this important recognition program.

  • Each year, Gaston County Schools takes pride in recognizing Outstanding Seniors in the Class of 2022 (one from each high school). Click the links below for our profiles.

Outstanding Achievements

  • Here is a look at some of the outstanding achievements for the Gaston County Schools Class of 2022. 

    As part of an Eagle Scout service project, Ashbrook High School senior Eli Poulsen completed the installation of the “One Can Make a Difference” food pantry at Webb Street School.

    Ashbrook High School senior Ya’Zarhi Mason was awarded the Larry Rhodes Scholarship.

    Bessemer City High School senior Kayla Becraft is the recipient of the George and Patricia Bernard Scholarship valued at $5,000 a year.

    Bessemer City High School seniors Riley Royer and Lacey Pettry along with school resource officer Jeff Thompson collected blankets and toiletry items for the Salvation Army in Gastonia. 

    Stuart W. Cramer High School senior Zachary Willer won the 3A individual state championship in cross country.  His twin brother Nicholas Willer took second place.

    Stuart W. Cramer High School senior Nathan Saysomvang received his certification as an emergency medical responder through the North Carolina Office of EMS.

    Stuart W. Cramer High School senior Gwen Campau was among 16,000 students who were named National Merit semifinalists. 

    Stuart W. Cramer High School senior Sean Brabham and Forestview High School senior Zion Dockery were selected for an internship with GSM Services.

    East Gaston High School senior Aaron Hollar performed at the N.C. Bandmasters Association’s all-state honor band concert.

    East Gaston High School senior Hannah Mullis competed at the North Carolina Junior Science and Humanities Symposium as a presenter and won second place.  She also competed at the NC Student Academy of Science competition and placed second in the biological sciences division. In addition, Mullis qualified for the Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair in Atlanta.

    Forestview High School senior Evan Friday received the Wayne F. Shovelin Scholarship. He plans to attend the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

    Forestview High School senior Maggie Lu was the state-level winner of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) good citizen essay contest.

    Forestview High School senior Ria Patel was selected for the Presidential Scholar in Career and Technical Education recognition.  

    Forestview High School senior Susan Christy was chosen as the NC Farm Bureau Sportsmanship Award recipient for women’s dual team tennis. 

    Gaston Early College High School senior Allen Chen was accepted into Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and awarded the MIT Scholarship valued at $75,000 each year. Additionally, Chen received three separate grants totaling $10,000 each year. In addition, Chen achieved a perfect score on the math section of the SAT.

    Gaston Early College High School senior Emily Rollins was awarded the Albery G. Myers scholarship.

    Gaston Early College High School seniors Ella Harmon and Tristin Winkler received the Appalachian State University Excellence Scholarship.

    Gaston Early College High School senior Nathan Vasquez was selected to serve as the 2021-2022 president of the North Carolina Comprehensive Community College Student Government Association. 

    Gaston Early College High senior Joseph Wittmer was appointed vice president of the N.C. Comprehensive Community College Student Government Association.

    Highland School of Technology senior Wehazit Mussie is the recipient of the prestigious University of North Carolina Morehead-Cain Scholarship.

    Highland School of Technology senior Ajhinae Brooks received a full-tuition scholarship to Rice University through the QuestBridge program. 

    Highland School of Technology senior Asher Neumann won the 1A/2A 200-meter freestyle state championship and placed sixth in the 100-yard breaststroke event.

    Highland School of Technology senior Lauren Tolbert set a new 1A/2A state indoor track meet record by placing first in the 1000-meter run and winning the state championship.

    Highland School of Technology senior Travis Rainwater is a National Merit $2,500 Scholarship recipient. National Merit $2,500 Scholarship winners are the Finalists in each state judged to have the strongest combination of accomplishments, skills, and potential for success in rigorous college studies.

    Hunter Huss High School seniors Daisy Lopez Saldivar and Ashley Mahboub are recipients of the Albert G. Myers Scholarship. Daisy will attend the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and Ashley will attend Appalachian State University.

    Hunter Huss High School senior Rhiannon Wollmuth earned “Best in Show” for her award-winning piece titled “ARIZONA” at the “Through An Artist’s Eyes” exhibit sponsored by Gaston County Schools in collaboration with the Gaston County Museum of Art and History.

    Hunter Huss High School senior Gio Bernal was named a finalist for the Bronko Nagurski High School Student Athlete of the Year Award.

    North Gaston High School senior Olivia Conley was selected as a nominee for the Blumenthal Performing Arts High School Musical Theater Awards. As a nominee, Olivia attended a three-day workshop focosed on voice, acting, and dance.

    South Point High School senior Emily Revels received the State Employees Credit Union People Helping People Scholarship.

    South Point High School senior Trey Baker received the Theodore Drury Science and Technology Scholarship.

    South Point High School senior Garrett Ziemer received the Perry Fewell Scholarship and Lester Carpenter Scholarship.

    South Point High School seniors Caroline Beaty, Hayden Currier, and Delilah Pearson received the Lester Carpenter Scholarship.

    South Point High School senior Ryan Harris was named the 2021 Luke Kuechly Defensive Player of the Year, which is an award presented by the Charlotte Touchdown Club.