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John T. Hoggard High School Graduates the First Class of the
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

Hoggard 2018 graduates of the IB Diploma Programme
Hoggard 2018 graduates of the IB Diploma Programme

John T. Hoggard High School, an International Baccalaureate World School, has graduated its first cohort class of International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme graduates. More than half of this year’s top ten in Hoggard’s 2018 graduating class was comprised of IB Diploma Programme students. Hoggard’s 2018 valedictorian, Madison Lee, was also an IB Diploma Programme student.

“After working with this group of intelligent, savvy, and courageous young people, it is clear that our first International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme students have all learned resiliency from the unknowns that we faced with each new step of developing the program. They are thoughtful, conscientious young adults who plan to make the world a better place, a world they have come to know better through the global focus in Hoggard’s International Baccalaureate. They are more than prepared for their chosen college paths,” said IB Diploma Programme Coordinator, Jean Hall, of Hoggard High School.

The first cohort of IB Diploma Programme students began with juniors of the 2016-2017 academic year. Hoggard’s graduating cohort of IB Diploma Programme students began with 38 juniors and graduated 34 of those 38 students. The IB Diploma Programme students also logged over 2,000 service hours through their Creativity, Activity, and Service Project. They also experienced several opportunities to travel abroad, including a physical exchange with Hoggard’s Danish partner school.

Jean Hall and Alex Rivenbark Jean Hall, IB Diploma Programme Coordinator, and Alex Rivenbark, IB Programme Service Award Recipient

The IB Diploma Programme offers a rigorous full diploma curriculum for candidates in their junior and senior years. Hoggard’s IB Diploma Programme provides: proper guidance for IB course selection, engaging IB curriculum, rigorous coursework that is appreciated by universities locally and globally, delivery of the required elements of the IB Diploma Programme in addition to coursework, and guidance and assistance for internal and external assessments.

Based upon exam scores, students earn college credits as part of the program. Several graduating students have been awarded credit based on successful completion of IB coursework, however, total college credits will not be determined until exam scores are released on July 5, 2018. Several of the first graduating class of the IB Diploma Programme received special recognitions, full scholarships, and Honors College appointments such as the following:

  • Morehead-Cain Scholarship – UNC-Chapel Hill
  • Davidson Trust
  • Pisgah Scholarship
  • University Scholars – George Mason University – full renewable scholarship
  • George Washington University – full renewable scholarship
  • University of Virginia at Roanoke – full renewable scholarship
  • Presidential Scholarship – Wake Forest University
  • Zachary T. Smith Leadership Scholarship – Wake Forest University
Madison Lee, Hoggard Valedictorian and  Dr. Steve Sullivan, Hoggard Principal
Madison Lee, valedictorian,
and Principal Dr. Steve Sullivan
Sanya Shad, Morehead-Cain Recipient and Dr. Steve Sullivan, Hoggard Principal
Sanya Shah, Morehead-Cain Scholarship
recipient, and Principal Dr. Steve Sullivan

Hoggard’s IB Programme graduates will be attending the following colleges and universities:

  • Appalachian State University
  • East Carolina University
  • Cape Fear Community College
  • Concordia University in Montréal, Canada
  • Cornell University
  • Davidson College
  • Duke University
  • George Mason University
  • North Carolina State University
  • Reed College
  • Rhodes College
  • University of California at Berkeley
  • University of Charleston
  • University of Colorado at Denver
  • University of Georgia
  • University of Montana
  • University of Virginia at Roanoke
  • University of North Carolina at Asheville
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Wake Forest University
  • Washington and Lee University

The International Baccalaureate Organization, a non-profit educational foundation based in Switzerland, has authorized nearly 3,500 schools, including Hoggard High School, in over 140 countries. IB offers the Diploma Programme for students in the final two years of high school. The program provides engaging and challenging coursework and, as the IBO educational philosophy emphasizes "the ideals of international understanding and responsible citizenship" so that students may become "critical and compassionate thinkers, lifelong learners and informed participants in local and world affairs." For more information on the International Baccalaureate Organization, please visit their website at

For additional information on Hoggard’s IB Diploma Programme, please contact Jean Hall, IB Diploma Programme Coordinator, at (910) 350-2072 (ext. 72268), or

Hoggard 2018 graduates of the IB Diploma Programme Celebrate by tossing their caps

Posted: 06/12/18