It is once again time to join the Liberty County School System as it recognizes the class of 2013 and sends them on new chapters in their lives.
To make graduation a pleasant experience and reduce time during the security checks, the district has prohibited noise makers, alcohol, weapons, coolers, food, drinks, balloons, pets and distracting items — such as beach balls — from the stadium. All bags are subject to search.
Smoking is not allowed in the stadium or on any property owned by the Liberty County Board of Education, including the parking areas. Those planning to attend either ceremony may wish to arrive early to allow time to park, line up for a security check and find a seat.
The Bradwell Institute graduation is 8 p.m. Friday, May 24, at Olvey Field on Gen. Stewart Way. Guests are allowed to sit on both sides of the stadium and may enter through home and visitor gates located on all four corners of the field. Gates will open at 6:30 p.m.
In the event of rain, graduation will be relocated to the Bradwell Institute gym. Each graduate received tickets to be used in case of inclement weather and, due to space limitations, only those possessing tickets will be allowed admission to the gym.
Liberty County High School
The Liberty County High School graduation will be 8 a.m. Saturday, May 25, at Donell Woods Stadium. Guests will sit on the home side and will enter through the main gate, which opens at 7 a.m.
Traffic plan to be used for the graduation ceremony: Because the flow of lanes following the ceremony is designed to prevent traffic jams, the district asks that Liberty County High School graduation attendees be mindful of which direction they will head after graduation and park accordingly.
Traffic heading to Hinesville after graduation will enter using the new drive, and guests will park in either the teacher parking lot or the senior parking lot. They will exit using the same drive, and all traffic will be made to turn right toward Hinesville.
Traffic heading to Midway or Fleming after graduation will enter using the existing drive, and guests will park in the underclassmen parking lot. They will exit using this same drive and will be made to turn left onto Highway 84 headed toward Midway.
In the event of rain, graduation will be relocated to the LCHS gym. Each graduate received tickets to be used in case of inclement weather and, due to space limitations, only those possessing tickets will be allowed admission to the gym.
First Presbyterian Christian Academy
Graduation for 28 First Presbyterian Christian Academy seniors is at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 25, at the Fort Stewart Main Post Chapel, Main Post Chapel Building 500, 10 Garry Owen St.
Parking is available at the Fort Stewart Main Post Chapel parking lot, and seating will be open with the first pew reserved.
Security and restrictions: Graduation attendees will enter through the main gate, with a dedicated line for the FPCA graduation.
Every person in a vehicle older than 16 must present a photo ID, and drivers must present valid driver’s licenses.
There are no inclement-weather plans, but in the event of a military lock down, the ceremony will be moved to the First Presbyterian Christian Church at 320 Memorial Drive in Hinesville.
Dress is traditional church attire.
Graduating from high school is a once-in-a-lifetime event. To ensure that this year’s ceremony goes as planned, Long County High School has issued important information about attire, inclement-weather plans and location.
Gentlemen taking part in the graduation ceremony and baccalaureate service should wear black pants, white dress shirts, dark ties, black socks and shined, black dress shoes.
For graduation, female students should wear a white or pastel-colored dress with no print or design, flesh-colored pantyhose and white pumps. The ladies’ dresses should not be longer than their graduation gowns, and sandals. Open-toe shoes and open-back shoes are not allowed. For the baccalaureate service, ladies are not required to wear white collars.
The graduation ceremony will be held at 8 p.m. Friday, May 24, on Veterans Field, next to Smiley Elementary School. If the weather is bad on Friday night, the ceremony will be 10 a.m. Saturday, May 25. If the weather is bad Saturday morning, the event will be postponed until 8 p.m. Saturday evening. If the weather still is bad that night, graduation will be moved from Veterans Field to Blakely Thornton Gymnasium.
If the ceremony is moved indoors, each graduating senior will be issued a determined number of tickets for their families. The tickets will be required to enter the gym.