Wicomico Schools to Award Diplomas to 838 Seniors This Weekend
Commencement Time for the Class of 2016 of Wicomico County Public Schools: 838 Seniors to Receive Diplomas Friday & Saturday
Posted on 06/03/2016

It’s tassel time! In four commencement ceremonies that start tonight and run through late Saturday night, Wicomico County Public Schools will award Maryland High School Diplomas to 838 graduates in the Class of 2016.

Seniors and their families are preparing to celebrate this poignant transition from student to graduate, a key milestone on every student’s path to readiness for college and career. The commencement ceremonies will take place in the Wicomico Youth & Civic Center. Tickets have been distributed by the high schools and are required for entry.

Friday, June 3 at 7 p.m.

Parkside High School

217 graduates


Saturday, June 4 at 10 a.m.

Wicomico High School

202 graduates


Saturday, June 4 at 2:30 p.m.

James M. Bennett High School

325 graduates


Saturday, June 4 at 7 p.m.

Mardela High School

94 graduates


Wicomico County Evening High School awarded diplomas to 23 students at commencement ceremonies in January and May, so the total number of graduates in the Class of 2016 for Wicomico County Public Schools is 861.

“Each commencement ceremony is an important indicator of how we are preparing students to be college and career ready,” said Dr. John Fredericksen, Superintendent of Schools, as he prepares to deliver the last commencement comments of his 44-year career in public education this weekend. “We’re proud that our graduation rates have increased by 100 basis points in recent years, which is good news for students and the community. We congratulate our high schools for their success in getting students to graduation, and celebrate the inclusion of Wicomico County high schools in the 2016 U.S. News & World Report Best High Schools Rankings.”

Three Wicomico County high schools received national ranking or recognition and medals in the 2016 U.S. News & World Report Best High Schools Rankings released this spring:

James M. Bennett High School, Principal Steve Grudis. JMB was nationally ranked in the report. The school ranked #1,789 in the nation and 51st in the state of Maryland, and received a silver medal.

Parkside High School, Principal Kim Pinhey. Parkside High School received a bronze medal in the report and was a school recognized nationally. Parkside’s 2015 graduation rate for the 4-year cohort was an excellent 93.21%.

Wicomico High School, Principal Don Brady. Wicomico High School received a bronze medal in the report and was a school recognized nationally.

Mardela High School, Principal Frederick Briggs. As a smaller school serving grades 6-12, Mardela Middle and High did not fit the criteria to be ranked among high schools by U.S. News & World Report. The listing for the school shows impressive numbers, however, and in 2015, Mardela’s graduation rate was a county best 93.62%.