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Graduation 2023

Nothing is impossible, Terry Sanford valedictorian tells her classmates


Graduates at Terry Sanford High School were encouraged “to disobey” as they pursue their dreams.

Nearly 1,000 high school students in five Cumberland County high schools, including Terry Sanford, received their diplomas Wednesday as graduation week wrapped up.

Wednesday was the fourth and final day of the district’s graduation marathon.

Ceremonies were held at the Crown Coliseum.

Over the past two weeks, the district has celebrated 17 commencements with more than 3,500 students walking across the stage to receive their diplomas, according to a news release.

Terry Sanford valedictorian Cheryl Li told her classmates to take hold of their futures.

“By the end of today, we’ll have turned the tassels on our caps and we’ll embark on that perilous flight that brings us closer to dreams once deemed unreachable with wings of our own creation,” Li said. “But to do that, we must disregard what we have been told is impossible, immutable. We must stand out, and we must disobey.”

To access graduation photos and other highlights from each graduation ceremony, visit www.graduation.ccs.k12.nc.us.

For a photo gallery of the Terry Sanford graduation, go to TSHS Media Photo Folder.

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