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Davidson charter school holds first graduation

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    Robert Lahser - rlahser@charlotteobserver.com
    Community School of Davidson seniors take part in the processional during the inaugural commencement ceremony on Thursday at Belk Theatre in uptown Charlotte.
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    Robert Lahser - rlahser@charlotteobserver.com
    Community School of Davidson Spanish teacher Janette Rizo hugs Brooks Clark, 18, as students line up backstage before taking part in the processional Thursday in uptown Charlotte. Clark started attending the school as a kindergartner.
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    Robert Lahser - rlahser@charlotteobserver.com
    Community School of Davidson Algebra teacher Andie Snyder, right, high fives student Holden Bailey backstage before the seniors take part in the processional at the inaugural commencement ceremony on Thursday at Belk Theatre in uptown Charlotte. Seven of the 111 graduates started in kindergarten, when the school opened as a private school; many others joined in third grade when it got charter status.
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    Robert Lahser - rlahser@charlotteobserver.com
    Community School of Davidson senior Daisy Cole, 18, right, adjusts her twin brother Charlie Cole’s mortar board backstage before the start of the inaugural commencement ceremony on Thursday at Belk Theatre in uptown Charlotte. Both seniors have attended CSD since the third grade.

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Community School of Davidson, a K-12 charter school, held its first commencement ceremony Thursday with 111 graduates.

Seven of them enrolled as kindergarteners, when the school opened as a private school, said founder and school director Joy Warner. Several others joined the class in third grade, when the school was approved to become a tuition-free public school in 2004. Like many charters, Community School of Davidson expanded by one grade level a year. It has almost 1,300 students.

Commencement took place at the Belk Theater of the N.C. Blumenthal Performing Arts Center in uptown Charlotte. Staff reports

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