High school graduation ceremonies return to the North Charleston Coliseum
NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) – Several high schools in Tri-County are planning to hold their graduation ceremonies at the North Charleston Coliseum, starting with the Berkeley County School District.
Seven high schools in Berkeley County will be holding ceremonies at the Colosseum over the weekend.
With Governor Henry McMaster’s announcement of the lifting of the COVID-19 state of emergency in South Carolina, Colosseum General Manager Frank Lapsley said much of the security protocols will be based on the personal decision of each visiting party.
The Berkeley County School District said it is not capping the number of guests each graduate can bring to the Colosseum for graduation this year.
Only graduates will be admitted on the floor, but no special spacing is provided for the chairs.
Goose Creek Senior Orrin Valdez, who is number four in his class, says that after seeing his peers have very different experiences last year, he and his classmates are thrilled to have this degree.
“It’s really cool and I’m really glad that not only the graduation but also the prom was pretty standardized,” Valdez said. “It shows the progress we have made during this pandemic and how we have all been able to grow through it. “
Students at Goose Creek High School will be the first to graduate on Friday. This ceremony starts at 11:30 a.m.
The complete graduation schedule is as follows:
- Goose Creek High School: Friday at 11:30 a.m.
- Hanahan High School: Friday at 3:30 p.m.
- Cane Bay High School: Friday at 7:30 p.m.
- Philip Simmons High School: Saturday at 9 a.m.
- Berkeley High School: Saturday at noon
- Timberland High School: Saturday at 4 p.m.
- Stratford High School: Saturday at 7:30 p.m.
“I am very excited to take the stage tomorrow. It’s a bit bittersweet because I will miss a lot of the connections I’ve made and the friends I’ve grown up with over the past four years, ”says Valdez. “But overall it’s exciting. It’s like stepping through a new door in my life.
But some Berkeley County schools have chosen to hold ceremonies on their school campus instead.
There will be four hours between each ceremony on Friday and Saturday, to allow cars to come and go. Lapsley says this is the first year they will be using the new parking lot for graduation parking.
“It’s a wellness event, it’s a big event, it’s a community event,” Lapsley said. “If there’s a way to get back to work, obviously that’s one of the ways that makes everyone feel good about what we’re doing.”
Lapsley says masks are no longer needed for guests, but Colosseum staff will still wear masks and undergo health checks before entering.
He says staff at the North Charleston Coliseum may reassess those rules at the end of June.
Dorchester County School District 2
Dorchester Two County Schools are planning to hold graduation ceremonies for their three high schools at the North Charleston Coliseum a week later.
District officials posted the following schedule for its June 18 ceremonies:
- Ashley Ridge High School: 9:30 a.m.
- Summerville High School: 1 p.m.
- Fort Dorchester High School: 5:30 p.m.
Charleston County School District
The Charleston Charter School for Math and Science celebrated its graduation ceremony last Saturday.
The Septima P. Clark Academy will hold its graduation ceremony at 9 a.m. on Saturday at the Hibbie Ayoub Stadium on the Garrett campus.
The remaining Charleston County school district is holding ceremonies next week at various district schools and stadiums starting June 17.
- Academic Magnet High School – June 17 at 9 a.m. at District 4 Regional Stadium (in North Charleston)
- Baptist Hill Middle High School – June 18 at 9 a.m. at Brockington Herne Stadium (Baptist Hill Campus)
- Burke High School – June 17 at 6 p.m. at Johnson Hagood Stadium (The Citadel)
- Charleston County School of the Arts – June 17 at 7 p.m. at District 4 Regional Stadium (in North Charleston)
- Early College High School – June 18 at 9 a.m. at District 4 Regional Stadium (in North Charleston)
- Greg Mathis Charter High School – June 17 at 6 p.m. at Hibbie Ayoub stadium (Garrett campus)
- James Island Charter High School – June 18 at 9 a.m. at Floyd E. Hiott, Jr. Memorial Stadium (James Island campus)
- Military Magnet Academy – June 19 at 6:30 p.m. at District 4 Regional Stadium (in North Charleston)
- North Charleston High School – June 19 at 11 a.m. at District 4 Regional Stadium (in North Charleston)
- RB Stall High School – June 18 at 6 p.m. at District 4 Regional Stadium (in North Charleston)
- St. John’s High School – June 19 at 7 p.m. at Robert Biggerstaff Field (St. John’s campus)
- Wando High School (three ceremonies, all at the District 2 Regional Stadium on the Wando campus) –
- June 18 at 6 p.m.
- June 19 at 9 a.m.
- June 19 at 6 p.m.
- West Ashley High School – June 19 at 9 a.m. at Wildcat Stadium (West Ashley Campus)
Each CCSD school will host an outdoor in-person ceremony under COVID-19 protocols, district officials said.
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