Graduation 2021: Berry honors 389 graduates on Saturday, capping big graduation weekend. Next up: Georgia Highlands on Thursday.

Graduation 2021: Berry honors 389 graduates on Saturday, capping big graduation weekend. Next up: Georgia Highlands on Thursday.


Saturday: Berry College held Spring Commencement at Valhalla Stadium for its 389 undergraduates. Georgia Supreme Court Justice Sarah Hawkins Warren was the featured commencement speaker. Watch the replay above.

Georgia Northwestern’s 2021 Spring drive-through commencement ceremony: Words and pictures. Please click GNTC


Thursday: Shorter University held Commencement at the Winthrop-King Center on Shorter’s main campus. There were two ceremonies at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Banker and attorney Barry Hurley was the featured speaker at the 10 a.m. ceremony, which will include graduates from the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, the School of Education, and the School of Fine and Performing Arts. Worship Pastor Cliff Duren will be the featured speakers at the 2 p.m. ceremony, which will include graduates from the Ledbetter College of Business and Brady School of Nursing. For more.

After the COVID pandemic canceled most in-person college and high school graduations last year, most local colleges and high schools have plans to hold in-person ceremonies this years with some COVID protocols in place. Some colleges will have multiple ceremonies to provide a more socially-distanced event, while others will have outdoor events. Georgia Northwestern Technical College will still hold a drive-through service. Here is a listing of upcoming college and high school graduation services in Northwest Georgia:



Thursday, May 13: Georgia Highlands College Commencement will be held outside at the Floyd Campus grounds with ceremonies at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. The Nursing Pinning and Commencement ceremony will be at 3 p.m. For the first time in many years, the Georgia Highlands College commencement ceremony will return to the Floyd Campus. The college’s first graduate was given a special commencement ceremony in the president’s office on the Floyd Campus in 1971. In remembering the celebration of the first graduate’s success at the original GHC location, it is a good time to mark this as a new tradition moving forward as GHC concludes celebrating its 50th year and moves into the next 50 years. More details on the Commencement service will be released this week.



May 15: Darlington School will hold its commencement at 9:30 a.m. on the Chapel Lawn. In the event of rain, it will be held at 10:30 a.m. in the Huffman Athletic Center. Darlington trustee Alexander “Whit” Whitaker (’77, LD ’15), president of King University, will give the Commencement address. Baccalaureate will take place Friday, May 14 at 7 p.m. in the Huffman Athletic Center’s Van Es Area with Science teacher Mike Hudson (’94, LD’18) as speaker. Both services will be streamed online. Details

May 22: Rome High School will hold its graduation at Barron Stadium at 8:45 a.m. Masks will be required and social distancing guidelines will be in place.

May 22: Unity Christian School at 10 a.m. at the school’s gymnasium.

Floyd County Schools will hold ceremonies at each school’s football fields. Concessions will be closed, but complimentary bottled water will be available. Social distancing guidelines should be followed when possible. Masks will be mandatory for entry. In the event of rain, ceremonies will be moved indoors and information will be sent to families through Blackboard via call, text and email.

  • Thursday, May 27 at 7 p.m.- Coosa High
  • Friday, May 28 at 7 p.m.- Pepperell High
  • Saturday, May 29 at 9 a.m.- Model High
  • Saturday, May 29 at 7 p.m.- Armuchee High

Bartow County sets high school graduation dates:
Each will be held at the school’s football stadium:
  • May 20 at 8 p.m.- Cass High School
  • May 21 at 8 p.m.- Woodland High School
  • May 22 at 8 p.m.- Adairsville High School

May 20: Excel Christian Academy will hold its graduation ceremony.

May 28: Cartersville High School will hold its graduation at 7:30 p.m. at Weinman Stadium.


May 27: Gordon Central High School will hold its graduation ceremony at 8 p.m. at Ratner Stadium at GCHS.

May 28: Calhoun High School will hold its graduation ceremony at 8 p.m. at Hal Lamb Field at Phil Reeve Stadium.

May 29: Sonoraville High School will hold its graduation ceremony at 9 a.m. at the school’s stadium.


May 28: Rockmart High School will graduate at 8 p.m. at RHS Stadium.

May 29: Cedartown High School will graduate Saturday morning at the CHS Stadium.

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