Vance County Schools Commencement Ceremonies Will Be Indoors

Commencement ceremonies for members of the Class of 2016 at Northern Vance, Southern Vance and Western Vance high schools will be held in the schools’ gymnasiums this weekend.

The decision to hold the ceremonies indoors was made due to excessive rain and the poor condition of our fields, as well as the forecast for possible thunderstorms and rainy conditions on Friday evening and Saturday morning.

Original plans called for the ceremonies at Northern Vance and Southern Vance to be held in the schools’ football stadiums and the ceremony at Western Vance to be held on the front lawn of the school.

Since each ceremony will be held in the gymnasiums, seating will be limited. Graduating seniors will be given tickets for their family members to attend. No one will be admitted to any of the commencement ceremonies without a ticket.

Western Vance High School will hold its commencement ceremony at 7 p.m. on Friday. The commencement ceremony at Southern Vance High School will be held at 8 a.m. on Saturday and the commencement ceremony at Northern Vance High School will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday.

All three commencement ceremonies can be viewed live online through the Vance County Schools’ website at Those who want to view the ceremonies online should go to the school system’s website homepage and click on the appropriate school’s graduation live feed on the top left side of the page.