Family and friends of graduating seniors might be out of luck if they have not yet secured a place to stay or dine during graduation weekend.
Most hotel managers and restaurant owners said they were completely booked for the weekend of graduation on May 16.
"We sold out the day after graduation last year," said Carolina Inn reservations manager Robert Perinka.
Perinka said rooms went on sale each year at 9 a.m. the day after graduation and usually sold out that day.
"I tell everyone who calls me to just call at 9 a.m., grab a drink and be ready to wait for a while," he said. "Just keep redialing because if you don't get through that day, you probably won't get a room."
The Carolina Inn has a three-night minimum stay policy during graduation weekend, which is standard for most area hotels.
Another typical trend is increased rates during graduation weekend, said Kal Amin, assistant manager of Days Inn on U.S. 15-501 Bypass.
"We do raise prices a little, but in comparison to other places, we don't raise them that much,"he said.
Amin said Days Inn had a two-night minimum policy and had been booked since it first opened in February.