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Mother-Daughter Duo to Speak at WECHS Graduation on May 26, 2018
Fifty-nine WECHS Students to Graduate, Most with Associate Degrees from CFCC

Tufanna Bradley-Thomas and her daughter, Karimah Bradley
Tufanna Bradley-Thomas and her daughter, Karimah Bradley

When Wilmington Early College High School (WECHS) holds its graduation ceremony this weekend, a mother-daughter success story will be a featured part of the event. Fifty-nine students will graduate from WECHS on Saturday, May 26, 2018, at 10:00 a.m. at Cape Fear Community College’s Wilson Fine Arts Center.

Karimah Bradley, a 2014 WECHS graduate, and her mother Tufanna Bradley-Thomas, will be the guest speakers for the occasion. Ms. Bradley serves as an example of a student who took full advantage of the college credits available for WECHS students to earn, which reduced the amount of time and cost to earn her college degree. She received a high school diploma and an Associate’s Degree during her four years at WECHS. Then, she went on to earn a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from North Carolina A&T University just two years later.

“We asked this successful mother-daughter duo to speak because they represent a true WECHS success story," Principal Regina Wooten said. "We want the students to see someone who went through our program and has been able to become successful by taking advantage of the unique opportunity we offer students. Ms. Bradley was able to earn a high school diploma and an Associate’s degree in two years and then receive her Bachelor’s degree two years later instead of the traditional four years,” she added.

Currently, Ms. Bradley is employed with New Hanover County Schools at Virgo Preparatory Academy and is pursuing a Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling from North Carolina Central University. Mrs. Bradley-Thomas will speak about the benefits of attending WECHS from the parental perspective. She is currently the NHCS Community Relations Coordinator and works in the district’s Public Relations Division. This former WECHS mom has always emphasized the importance of education to her own children and she holds a Bachelor’s degree from East Carolina University and a Master’s degree from UNCW. Before coming to NHCS, Mrs. Bradley-Thomas served as Executive Director of the Blue Ribbon Commission on the Prevention of Youth Violence.

Highlights of WECHS’ Class of 2018:

*All data is preliminary.

  • 85.7% graduating with AA/AS/AFA Degree (some by end of summer)
  • 42.9% have been inducted into Phi Theta Kappa (CFCC Honor Society)
  • 79.6% will be attending 4-year colleges
  • 69.4 % will be attending state colleges (UNC School System)
  • 10.2% will be attending private colleges (Howard University, American University, Hampden Sydney, and Meredith College)
  • 10.2% will be attending community college (CFCC & James Sprunt Community College)
  • 8.2% entering the workforce
  • 2.0% will be joining the Carolina Eagles Junior Hockey Team.

Posted: 05/24/18