LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – Fayette County Public Schools will once again graduate a record number of seniors.
According to the school district, 2,781 members of the class of 2018 will cross the stage at Rupp Arena.
That number is up 139 students from last year and represents a 45 percent increase from 10 years ago, when the class of 2008 had 1,924 graduates, according to the district.
The district says this record-setting number is thanks to enrollment increases in the district as well as the efforts to serve all students at high levels.
For the first time, Fayette County Public Schools will hold six separate graduation ceremonies.
The district says, when the first 160 students graduate from the new Frederick Douglass High School Friday, they will join an alumni association that has not added new members since students last graduated from Lexington’s original Douglass High School in 1964.
Lafayette, Dunbar and Tates Creek high schools are graduating their largest classes to date, the district says. Bryan Station and Henry Clay are below their record numbers – Henry Clay by four and Bryan Station by 39 – having given up portions of their attendance zones to Frederick Douglass.
Drivers are advised to plan for traffic delays near Rupp over the next two days. Generally, each graduation ceremony draws between 5,000 and 6,500 people in attendance, so traffic is always hectic.
FCPS-TV, the educational television station in Fayette County Public Schools, will air the 2018 high school graduation ceremonies several times apiece through mid-June. These May 31 and June 1 events are not broadcast live from Rupp Arena.
The commencements will also be archived and available through the district’s Video on Demand service, where people may watch anytime or download free copies. For questions, please call (859) 381-4253.