Safety considered top priority for Roanoke high school graduations after Wednesday’s shooting

Roanoke Valley News

ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — Seniors at William Fleming High School took the stage for graduation on Thursday at the Berglund Center. Officials say safety was a top priority after a student was shot just outside the venue on Wednesday ahead of the school’s graduation practice.

On Thursday, June 10, Roanoke City Public Schools focused on all the students’ accomplishments and hard work throughout the pandemic.

Family and friends of the seniors told WFXR News they were excited for an in-person graduation.

“We didn’t know we were going to make it today, but thank God for grace and the Lord that we made it, we made it, we made it, and I’m so grateful for all the graduates this year,” said Olga Turner, the aunt of a William Fleming High graduate.

Meanwhile, students from Patrick Henry High School will celebrate their graduation at the Berglund Center at 2 p.m. on Friday, June 11.

Each graduate will have 12 tickets for family and friends to attend, but both tickets and face coverings are required for the ceremony.

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