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More than 250 to graduate Saturday

  • Salutatorian Bailey Charles, left, and valedictorian Elizabeth Nieves, right, will address their fellow graduates at Gilmer HIgh School’s commencement ceremony Saturday morning. (Photo by Whitney Crouch)
by Whitney Crouch
wcrouch@timescourier.com

The notes of “Pomp and Circumstance” will ring out over Huff-Mosley Memorial Stadium Saturday morning as Gilmer High School hosts its commencement ceremony for the Class of 2015.

The celebration will begin at 10 a.m., May 23, and pending the tallying of final grades, approximately 251 GHS seniors will receive diplomas, including valedictorian Elizabeth Nieves and salutatorian Bailey Charles who will address the graduating class.

No ticket will be required to attend the graduation exercises, and admission is free.

The main/upper gate to the stadium and the lower gate beside Gilmer Middle School will open at 8:30 a.m. Admittance will not be allowed prior to that time, and seating will be on a first-come, first-served basis. At no time before or during the event will spectators be allowed on the field, and attendees can only sit on the home side of the stadium.

As school administrators emphasized in a media statement, “In an effort to show students the honor they deserve, GHS asks that all spectators treat the ceremony as a dignified event. While the event will be held at the stadium, it is a serious event, not a game. No pets, alcohol or tobacco will be permitted at the ceremony. Small children must be attended and need to sit with their parents.”

School officials have also stressed that parking is limited, and guests should plan to arrive early in order to get a space and make their way to the stadium before the ceremony begins.

The school system will provide complimentary shuttle services for transporting attendees from the parking lots at Gilmer High School and Mountain View Elementary to the graduation venue. Parking in the lot in front of Gilmer Middle School, which is accessible via Highway 5, will only be open to those with permits. A limited number of handicap parking spots will be available in the upper stadium parking lot and a state-issued handicapped parking placard is needed to utilize that lot.

Attendees should not park their vehicles along the side of Bobcat Trail in order to ensure emergency accessibility to the stadium.

Maps showing available parking and the location of stadium entrances, as well as information about ordering DVDs of the graduation ceremony, can be viewed at ghs.gilmerschools.com.

ETC3 will carry the commencement exercise live beginning at 10 a.m. The event will also air live on the GHS student broadcasting website www.bobcatnation.tv.

Senior awards night will be held Thursday, May 21, at 6 p.m., in the Ellijay Elementary School auditorium located at 32 McCutchen Street in downtown Ellijay.

GHS seniors also are reminded that graduation practice will begin at 9 a.m., Friday, May 22, at the football stadium, and they are required to attend. 
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