June 4, 2012
Dear Parent/Guardians of the Graduation Class of 2012:
The Savannah-Chatham County Board of Education, its administration and staff are excited about the upcoming graduation ceremonies. Seniors who meet all graduation requirements will receive specific information about the graduation ceremonies from their high school principals and staff.
As the ultimate achievement for high school students, graduation is one of life’s defining moments. Graduation should be a solemn affair where we recognize our students’ achievements by demonstrating, in a dignified way, our appreciation for their accomplishments. It is our desire to host dignified graduation ceremonies that are in keeping with the significance and honor that this momentous occasion deserves.
In order for us to provide a ceremony that will properly honor your graduate, we respectfully request that your graduate and his or her prospective guest(s) adhere to the following guidelines for graduation ceremonies:
1. The graduation ceremony will begin promptly at the published time. The Savannah Civic Center will open one hour prior to the ceremony. Guests should plan to arrive (30) minutes before the ceremony begins. The Savannah Civic Center parking lot is available at no charge on a first come, first served basis. Parking garages are available on Liberty Street and on Montgomery Street, as well as in other downtown locations to include the Savannah Visitor Information Center.
2. Ample time for seating is provided and holding seats will not be permitted. Once the procession begins, no guests will be allowed to enter until the processional, Pledge of Allegiance, and National Anthem are completed.
3. Noise making devices, flowers and balloons will not be permitted inside the arena. When these items are present, they diminish the decorum of the graduation ceremony. Security staff will be on site to enforce this provision; guests who do not abide by this provision will be removed from the arena.
4. We ask that applause be held until all graduates’ names have been announced. It is of utmost importance that your family members and guests be allowed to hear the name of your graduate.
5. Guest attire should be appropriate for such a dignified and solemn occasion. The graduates will also have a required dress code.
We look forward to a dignified graduation ceremony which honors our young people and appropriately celebrates their achievement. Thank you for your support and assistance. Congratulations!
Thomas B. Lockamy, Jr., Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools