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It's graduation time for Bradwell, Liberty
Tigers walk Friday, Panthers Saturday

Mortarboards will fly this weekend when hundreds of students graduate from Bradwell Institute and Liberty County High School. 

Unless it rains both graduations will be at the schools respective stadiums. 

Here’s what anyone attending either ceremony needs to know, according to the Liberty County School System. 

First up is BI. The Tigers graduate at 8 p.m. Friday on Olvey Field. Gates open at 6:30 p.m.

Liberty County’s is at 7 p.m. Saturday at Donell Woods Stadium. Gates open at 5 p.m. 

In both cases, guests can sit on either side of the stadiums and enter through the home or visitor gates. 

And, in both cases, if it rains — and there’s a 70 percent chance of rain Friday and a 50 percent chance Saturday — graduations will move to the schools’ respective gyms. 

Each graduate has received tickets to give to family and friends, and if weather forces graduation indoors, only those with tickets will be allowed in.

Some advice: first, make it easy on everyone. LCSS asks that everyone “assist in making graduation a pleasant experience and reducing time during the security checks by remembering that noise makers, alcohol, weapons, coolers, food, drinks, balloons, pets and distracting items such as beach balls are not allowed in the stadiums.”

Second, remember that all bags are subject to search. There’s no smoking on any school property and that includes parking lots. 

Finally, LCSS suggests you get there early “to park, lineup for a security check and find a seat.”

What’s more, since LCHS sits off Highway 84, officials say traffic safety means no parking along the highway a mile east or west of the school. Those who attend the LCHS graduation will be directed either to LCHS, Snelson-Golden Middle School or Midway Middle. A free shuttle will run to and from both middle schools, beginning at 4:30 p.m. and running every 30 minutes until 6:30. 

Due to limited parking, school officials urge those at LCHS graduation to park at one of the middle schools and use the shuttle. Parking on campus will be on a “first come, first served basis.” 

Finally, if you can’t make it, both graduations will be livestreamed at www.liberty.k12.ga.us/graduation2018. You can access the stream 30 minutes prior to the ceremony. Those videos will be available online for a few weeks following graduation, according to LCSS.

— Staff report