Commencements commence Saturday

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Collins’ ceremony begins at 1 p.m., SCHS’s at 7 p.m.

By Todd Martin

Although Saturday will be filled with graduation parties, gifts and cards, there won’t be any graduation ceremonies that day.

Because Shelby County Public Schools still has one more day of school left on Monday, this weekend will be commencement ceremony weekend instead of graduation weekend. Diplomas will have to wait until after Monday.

However, the schools are still abuzz with activity, commencement practices are filling afternoons Thursday and today, and hotels are booked.

The festivities will kickoff Saturday at Collins with graduation at 1 p.m.

“Doors will open at noon for the public,” said Sharon Tyler, the Collins’ school secretary who is also in charge of graduation. “We’ve given out tickets for seating, with the area for the seniors roped off, of course. Some of the seats are for the upper level and some for the lower.”

Those without tickets, or that are unable or unwilling to climb to the upper level, can also watch the ceremony simulcast live in the Collins Theater.

With 187 seniors this year, almost 25 more than last year, a bigger crowd is expected.

However, at Shelby County High School, where graduation will begin at 7 p.m., the crowd should be quite a bit smaller. With only 237 graduates this year, almost 50 less than last year, Shelby County’s graduation should be much easier to navigate.

“We should have a much better seating situations and parking opportunities this year,” said Jessica Chambers, the school office manager who is also in charge of graduation. “And our weather should be a lot nicer, too.” Last year the temperatures hovered near 90 on graduation day.

Shelby County has also handed out tickets for the event, and those who can’t get into the gym or sit in the upper level there also will be allowed to watch the event via live simulcast in the school’s theater.

Both schools will have presentations for those graduating with honors — cum laude, magna cum laude and summa cum laude — and both will feature performances from their senior singing groups, the Shelby Singers and Titan Singers. Both also will recognize a Valedictorian and Salutatorian.

And, for the second year in a row, the district will broadcast the events live on the Internet for those out-of-town aunts, uncles, grandmothers, grandfathers and others who are not able to make the trip.

To watch either or both graduations, log on to http://shelby.kyschool.us. On the left side of the page is a link labeled “Click to watch Graduation Live on June 2.” Click that link, and you will be redirected to a video site. Chose the live events tab.

Some program instillation could be required, so it’s recommended to try the link early.

Commencement Day

Collins: The ceremony will begin at 1 p.m. with the gymnasium doors opening to the public at noon.

SCHS: The ceremony will begin at 7 p.m. with the gymnasium doors opening at 6:15 p.m.

Unable to attend: Those that cannot make it to the ceremony can watch the proceedings live at http://shelby.kyschool.us.