She’s the first of her kind — Riverside High grad leaves school with two degrees

Riverside High School senior Jordan Lovell already has an associate’s degree from Durham Technical Community College.
Riverside High School senior Jordan Lovell already has an associate’s degree from Durham Technical Community College.

When Riverside High School senior Jordan Lovell walks across the graduation stage next week, she’ll receive her second diploma in as many months.

Lovell received the first, an associate’s art degree, from Durham Technical Community College in May.

And she’ll get her high school diploma Tuesday, June 13, when she joins more than 400 classmates from Riverside for graduation at Duke University’s Cameron Indoor Stadium.

While earning two diplomas happens with regularity for students who attend Durham Public Schools’ Middle College High School at Durham Tech, Lovell is believed to be the first DPS student to graduate from a traditional, comprehensive high school with both a high school diploma and associate’s degree from Durham Tech.

“I am extremely proud of Jordan [Lovell],” said Tyesha Arnold, a Durham Tech College Liaison. “This is very possible for other comprehensive high school students to do as well.”

Lovell began taking classes at Durham Tech her junior year.

She spent half her day on campus, then completed five summer courses in 2016.

As a senior, Lovell enrolled full-time at Durham Tech while also completing a video journalism independent study at Riverside, where she created promos for the athletics department and edited slideshows and video footage for assemblies.

Many DPS students earn both degrees through Middle College High School, which is a magnet program for juniors and seniors from DPS, Orange County Schools and Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools.

But Lovell remained at Riverside so that she could stay involved in Riverside athletics and follow in her family’s footsteps.

“I wanted to be a Riverside grad,” Lovell said. “I had four sisters graduate before me and I really wanted to do the same.”

Lovell graduated magna cum laude from Durham Tech on May 10 and carries a 4.6 grade point average at Riverside.

She will attend the UNC-Wilmington this fall and study film.

Greg Childress: 919-419-6645, @gchild6645

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