2010 Class of LHS will graduate Sunday, with doors closing at 2:55 p.m., ceremony starts at 3
• Special to the Daily Leader
Liberal High School will conduct graduation ceremonies for the LHS Class of 2010 at 3 p.m. Sunday in the main gymnasium. According to LHS officials, the doors to the building will open at 1:30 p.m., and all seating will be on a ticket-holder-basis only. The lower row of bleachers in the southwest quadrant of the gym will be reserved for handicapped access.
“This is a major event in the lives of our students and families,” Keith Adams, principal of LHS, said. “It is not at all unusual for the gymnasium to be filled to capacity on graduation day. We regret that the gymnasium is not large enough to hold everyone who would like to attend. However, the safety, security and overall decorum of the ceremony takes precedence over all else.”
In the past, school officials have had to close the doors when the gym was full according to the seating capacity determined by the fire marshall. Some family members who were not in the gymnasium at that time did not get to see their loved one graduate. Each year, parents or grandparents who could not get into the gym due to lack of seating had to be turned away.
In order to reduce the chances of that happening, the school instituted a ticket system for graduation spectators. The tickets will be distributed to each graduating senior, and it will be their responsibility to distribute them to whomever they want to attend the ceremony in the gym.
Each graduate will be issued a certain number of tickets based on the number of available seats divided by the number of graduates. Currently, indications show that each graduate should receive 10 tickets. No one without a ticket will be admitted into the gymnasium, and no one, regardless of whether they have a ticket or not, will be admitted during the ceremony.
In order to further help eliminate distractions, officials ask that all spectators arrive early and be in their seats at least five minutes prior to the ceremony. Those without tickets and those who arrive after 2:55 p.m. have the option to view the ceremonies on the large screen projection in the air-conditioned James Maskus Auditorium across the hall from the gym. In any case, the doors to the gymnasium will be closed when the graduates enter, and no one else will be admitted.
School officials stress that graduation exercises are a formal celebration of the milestone that the students have reached, and ask that audience members conduct themselves with the dignity that goes with the ceremony.
No one is to walk across the floor during the ceremonies or do anything that will block the view of other audience members, or detract from the ceremony. Air horns and noise makers are not allowed.
Graduates will have a formal picture made by a professional photographer as they leave the stage.
At the conclusion of the ceremony, everyone is asked to remain in place until the graduates have left the room. Graduates will go to the cafeteria to receive their official diplomas. After doing that, they will be able to visit with family and friends in the commons area or outside of the building.