Exercises to be held in Jeff D. Cody Gymnasium, with live streaming into Don Smith Performing Arts Center, Cleburne Bible Church sanctuary and on YouTube
CHS GRADUATION EXERCISES TO BE MOVED INDOORS
Friday’s graduation exercises for the Cleburne High School Class of 2016 will be moved from Jacket Stadium to the Jeff D. Cody Gymnasium at CHS following consultation with the National Weather Service. Exercises will begin at 7 p.m.
The decision was made late Wednesday, in the face of forecasts of severe weather and up to three inches of rain beginning Thursday night and continuing through Friday.
“We believe the best decision is to move graduation indoors, in the interest and safety of our students and those attending the ceremony,” Principal Dr. Chris Jackson said. “This was a very tough decision to make because of our tradition of an outdoor graduation at Yellow Jacket Stadium. Health, safety and welfare are our district’s top priorities, and we felt it would be too much of a risk to hold an outdoor graduation.
Should the rain end earlier than predicted, we still have to deal with a water-soaked field, standing water at the stadium, and a limited amount of time to set up for the ceremony. Typically it takes a full workday to deliver and set up the stage, chairs, band equipment, sound system and choir risers.”
The ceremony taking place in the gymnasium will stream live into the Don Smith Performing Arts Center. Seniors will be issued tickets starting 8:30 a.m. Thursday morning, through 3 p.m.; four tickets per graduate will be issued for seating in the gym and four will be issued for seating in the PAC. The ceremony will also stream live over YouTube.
Cleburne HS, maintenance and district staff will be on duty to assist with parking, access into designated areas within the high school, and seating. Limited handicap seating for the ceremony will be located on the gym floor. Graduates should have already made arrangements for those in their family requesting handicap access.
Those with tickets to the gym are asked to park in the south and west lots at CHS, using the gym entrance to enter the school. In addition to CHS, parking will also be available at Wheat Middle School and Cleburne Bible Church, which are located adjacent to the high school.
Live streaming of the graduation will also be provided in the sanctuary of Cleburne Bible Church.
Seniors are to report to CHS at 5:30 p.m. for line up in preparation for the 7 p.m. ceremony. Doors at CHS will also open at 5:30 p.m. for guests holding tickets. Early arrival is encouraged. No food or drink should be brought into the gym or PAC. Those attending are asked to leave all air horns and noisemakers at home. Balloons and signs are also discouraged.
“Whether graduation is held outdoors at the stadium, or indoors at CHS, our goal has always been one of providing a safe, positive, pleasant experience for our graduates and their families and friends,” Jackson said. “This will certainly be the case Friday night as we honor the Class of 2016.”
Additional detailed information relating to the graduation will be listed on the CHS and CISD websites, emailed to senior students and parents and posted on district social media beginning Thursday morning.