SHHS graduation Friday evening involves few rules for participants

Sean C. Morgan

The Class of 2019 will graduate Friday, June 7, in a ceremony held at Husky Field if the weather holds.

A total of 157 seniors are expected to participate in the graduation exercises, which begin at 7 p.m.

In case of rainy weather, the ceremony will be held inside the main gym at Sweet Home High School.

Principal Ralph Brown wanted to remind the public about restrictions on the kinds of chairs allowed at the graduation ceremony.

Each graduate will be given a minimum of five reserved seat tickets for family and friends to sit in the grandstand, Brown said. Ushers will direct others to sit on the football field in approved chairs.

Spectators are welcome to use blankets or chairs, Brown said, but only certain types of chairs are allowed on the turf field to prevent damage that can be caused by the legs or bases.

Lawn chairs with legs that form horizontal bars are allowed, along with folding lawn chairs with blunted points of contact at the end of the legs.

Chairs with legs typical of metal folding chairs are not allowed.

Brown requested that parents and other guests be on time, particularly those who have tickets for grandstand seating. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis, and no seats may be saved prior to graduation.

Gates open at 5:30 p.m.

“Graduation is a time of excitement,” Brown said. “But it is also a very solemn event. We ask that graduates and guests turn off cell phones, avoid talking during the ceremony and please keep children quiet and with you at all times.”

Only registered service animals are allowed on the grounds during the ceremony.

Brown said graduates must wear caps and gowns to be allowed to participate in the ceremony.

While graduates are welcome to decorate their mortarboards, they should not attach pins, ribbons, flowers, medals or emblems, Brown said. Nothing should hang from the side of the cap, and 3-D creations are prohibited.

They may not have obscene, profane or lewd language, Brown said, nor advocate illegal activity or disruptive behavior or threaten the safety and welfare of other persons. They must be approved at the graduation ceremony.

Appropriate decorations may thank a family member, teacher or friend; recognize a university the graduate will attend; graduation year; a home country’s flag; or the branch of the military the graduate may be entering.

For more information about the graduation ceremony, call the high school at (541) 367-7142.