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Graduation Ceremonies

Live Graduation Ceremonies

PMHS Graduation Ceremony Link  - Live event begins at 7:00 p.m., Friday, May 26

 

SEBHS Graduation Ceremony LInk -  Live event begins at 8:30 a.m., Saturday, May 27

 

SHS Graduation Ceremony Link - Live event begins at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, May 27

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Bulloch County Schools

Commencement Exercises

Class of 2017

Note changes to dates, times and locations for events.

Parking is limited at all locations.

Carpooling is strongly encouraged.  

Specific information for each ceremony is below.

 

 

 

Portal Middle High LogoPortal Middle High School Graduation:    Friday, May 26, 7:00 p.m., at the PMHS Athletic Complex, located at 27245 Highway 80 West, in Portal.

  • Graduation Live Stream Online:  Guests may watch the ceremony live online at www.statesboroherald.com or www.bullochschools.org. Videos will be archived on the school district's YouTube Channel.  
  • Purchase DVDs of Ceremony: The Statesboro Herald is live streaming the ceremony and making DVDs available for purchase. Pre-order a DVD now through May 19, for $24.95. Beginning May 20, orders will be $34.95. Include $5 for shipping and handling or pick up for free from the Statesboro Herald's offices. You may order by going by The Statesboro Herald's offices at 1 Proctor Street, call 912.764.9031, or order online at www.statesboroherald.com by visiting the E-Store link at the top of the homepage. The Statesboro Herald is donating $5 of each purchase back to Southeast Bulloch High School.
  • Graduation Pictures:Larita Hulsey Photography will take a photo of each graduate receiving his/her diploma on stage. Graduates will receive a handout at graduation practice detailing how to order these pictures from Larita Hulsey Photography. 
  • Rain Location:  In the event of rain / lightning, the graduation ceremony will be moved to the PMHS Gym and an admission ticket will be required for entry.
  • Guest Admission Tickets: If graduation takes place in the Portal Athletic Complex as planned, no tickets are required. If it rains and the ceremony is moved to the gym, an admission ticket is required.  Graduates will receive 16 tickets each. These will be distributed on Thursday, May 25 during graduation rehearsal.
  • Guest Arrival: The gates to the stadium will open at 6:00 pm on May 26. This is one hour before the ceremony begins. 
  • Guest Parking: Graduates and guests may park in the school’s front parking lots or in the lot behind the old concession stand and field house. Both entry gates will be open. 
  • Handicapped Parking with Permit: Handicapped Parking with a valid permit is available in the school’s front parking lots. Vehicles found parked in a handicapped space without a valid permit will be towed.
  • Guest Seating: Seating will be on the home side of the stadium. All seating is available on a first-come basis. Please do not save seats for guests who are not physically with you. Consider waiting for all your party to arrive and then locating your seats.
  • Handicapped Seating: The stadium is handicapped accessible. 
  • Field Access by Guests: Only security and school personnel will be allowed on field level prior to the ceremony. Parents will be allowed to come down on the field after the ceremony to take any pictures with the individual graduates. 
  • Security: The Portal Police Department is providing security for the graduation ceremony.  

  • Ceremony Etiquette: Please be courteous during the ceremony so that all parents and relatives can hear their graduate’s named called. Air horns and other noise makers should not be brought into in the stadium. No umbrellas will be permitted in the stadium. In the event of rain, the graduation will be moved inside. 

  • Concessions: The Portal Booster Club is providing water for those attending graduation. No other concessions will be available.

     

Southeast Bulloch High School LogoSoutheast Bulloch High School Graduation:  Saturday, May 27, 8:30 a.m., at Fred Shaver Field, located at 9184, Brooklet/Denmark Hwy, in Brooklet.

  • Graduation Live Stream Online:  Guests may watch the ceremony live online at www.statesboroherald.com or www.bullochschools.org. Videos will be archived on the school district's YouTube Channel.  
  • Purchase DVDs of Ceremony: The Statesboro Herald is live streaming the ceremony and making DVDs available for purchase. Pre-order a DVD now through May 19, for $24.95. Beginning May 20, orders will be $34.95. Include $5 for shipping and handling or pick up for free from the Statesboro Herald's offices. You may order by going by The Statesboro Herald's offices at 1 Proctor Street, call 912.764.9031, or order online at www.statesboroherald.com by visiting the E-Store link at the top of the homepage. The Statesboro Herald is donating $5 of each purchase back to Southeast Bulloch High School.2017 SEBHS Graduation Information.
  • Official Graduation Pictures: Pictures are available through Lifetouch (events.lifetouch.com).
  • Graduate Arrival: Graduates should arrive by 7:30 a.m., Report to the George Roebuck Fieldhouse (old gym) for line up. dressed in appropriate graduation attire. (Make sure graduates have their cap, tassels, gown, stole and cords awarded to them by SEBHS.) Caps should not be decorated in any way. Student with decorated caps will be loaned a plain cap (if available) in order to participate in the ceremony and must be returned before picking up their diploma. Graduates need to leave all valuables at home or locked in their cars. The “Old Gym” will not be considered secure.
  • Graduate Dress CodeMales-Dark pants, white button down shirt, tie, dark dress shoes (NO boots, tennis shoes, flip-flops, etc.); Females- Dress that does not show or hang below the gown, BLACK dress shoes (NO boots, flip-flops or bedroom shoes); Graduation Regalia that may be worn: Honor Graduate medal & Fine Arts Seal medal; Pathway cords, GHP cord, CTSO cords, Beta Cord; NTHS & Class Officer Stoles
  • Guest Arrival: Gates to Fred Shaver Field will open at 7:00 a.m. for all graduation guests. The gates will be closed  promptly at 8:30 a.m., and no entry allowed during the ceremony.
  • Graduation Admission Tickets: Every guest must have a graduation admission ticket unless they are three years old or younger, and these young children must sit in an adult's lap. Guests who have gold graduation admission tickets need to keep their ticket after entering stadium in case of rain. These will be the only tickets allowed into the main gym if graduation is moved inside due to inclement weather. All other tickets will be taken at the gate, and if weather dictates, these guests will be directed to the school's auditorium and cafeteria to watch a broadcast of the graduation ceremonies
  • Graduate Parking: Graduates should park in lots behind school off Black Creek Church Road.
  • Guest Parking: We recommend carpooling to reduce traffic. Please do not park in areas that have been roped off due to drain fields or other reasons. Guests may use SEBHS’s and Southeast Bulloch Middle School’s parking lots and lots behind the schools along Black Creek Church Road. There will be designated handicapped parking.  Law enforcement will be on hand to help with traffic.
  • Guest Parking at BES with Shuttle Bus Service: Parking is also available at Brooklet Elementary School. There will be two shuttle buses at Brooklet Elementary School to transport graduation guests. These will be regular school buses and are not considered handicap accessible. Handicapped parking is available at SEBHS. Buses will run from 7:00 AM to 7:45 AM to SEBHS and from 9:45 AM to 10:30 AM to Brooklet Elementary. Law enforcement will be on hand to help with traffic.
  • Guest Parking for those with Handicap Permits: Handicap parking is Parking Lot B in front of Old Gym by Football Stadium; must have valid handicap decal.
  • Guest Handicap Seating: Handicap seating is on the front row across the entire home side and is reserved for the handicapped individual and one guest.
  • Guest Seating: Every guest must sit in a seat. Children three years of age and younger must sit in an adult's lap. There will be NO standing or sitting along the stadium fence or rails. We want to ensure that every graduate can be seen by their family and friends.You may want to bring a towel to wipe dew off the bleacher before sitting down.
  • Ceremony Etiquette: Please refrain from clapping or using any other noise making items as graduates names are called; again, it is important that EVERY family gets to hear the name of their graduate being called.
  • Miscellaneous Announcements: Yearbooks (limited supply) will be sold at the senior breakfast and after graduation for $85.00.
  • Post Ceremony Announcements: Graduates need to report back to the George Roebuck Field House (Old Gym) by 10:00 a.m. to pick-up their diploma. Students who ordered invitations from Herff Jones will have their corrected souvenir invitation in their diploma packet.
     

 

Statesboro High School LogoStatesboro High School Graduation: Saturday, May 27, 10:30 a.m., at Womack Field, located at 10 Lester Road, in Statesboro.

  • Graduation Live Stream Online:  Guests may watch the ceremony live online at www.statesboroherald.com or www.bullochschools.org. Videos will be archived on the school district's YouTube Channel and website.
  • Purchase a Flash Drive of Ceremony: WSAV is live streaming the ceremony and is making flash drives with the recording available for purchase for $30.00 plus $5.25 shipping and handling. You can order then online at http://wsav.halfoffdeal.com.
  • Graduation Pictures:Larita Hulsey Photography takes an up close photo of each graduate as he/she receives a diploma on stage.  There will be information on the graduation program with instructions on how to purchase these pictures.
  • Guest Arrival: The gates will open to guests at 9:30 a.m. This is one hour prior to the ceremony.
  • Graduation Admission Tickets: Each graduate will receive 15 tickets for guests. Every guest who will require a seat must have a ticket.
  • Graduate Parking: We will park all of the graduates on the old school lot which is near the old gym where they will gather.
  • Guest Parking:  We strongly encourage guests to carpool. There are only approximately 1,000 parking spaces in the school's lots in the front, rear and sides of the building. Please do not use the private parking lots of the retail businesses along Lester Road. These are reserved for their customers only. 
  • Guest Parking for Handicapped Permits:  Handicapped Parking permits may be picked up from the athletic office any time prior to Friday, May 26.  The handicapped lot will be the lot in front of the fieldhouse off of Fleming Road.  The ramps coming into the gates from that end lead up to the handicapped seating which is on the mid-level walkway of the stadium. 
  • Guest Seating: All seating will be on a first come first serve basis. Please do not save seats for someone who is not physically with you. Consider waiting for all your party to arrive and then locating your seats. You may sit on either side of the stadium (either the upper or lower sections).
  • Guest Handicapped Seating: The ramps leading from the handicapped parking areas along Fleming Drive lead up to the handicapped seating which is on the mid-level walkway of the stadium. 
  • Field Access for Guests:Only security and school personnel will be allowed on field level prior to the ceremony. Provided that the setup goes according to plan we will try to allow parents to come down after the ceremony to take any pictures with the individual graduates. However, if allowed, these picture taking sessions must be brief.  The graduates must be able to walk to the cafeteria and pick up their diplomas before 12:30. The diploma delivery station will shut down at 12:30 sharp.
  • Rain Location: If it rains, the ceremony will be in the new gym.  Four of the tickets your graduate receives will be a different color.  These four tickets will get you into the stadium but will also get four guests of your choosing into the new gym should it rain. The regular white graduation tickets will allow your other guests to sit in the overflow seating in the auditorium and the cafeteria. The ceremony will be broadcast on to the large screens in these areas.  We will try to make a determination on weather before we open the gates at 9:30.  We will inform the graduates of this decision as soon as it is made so that they can call or text their parties with that information.  Remember, if we move it inside only the four tickets of a different color can be used to get into the gym.
  • Ceremony Etiquette:Please be courteous during the ceremony so that all guests can hear their graduate’s named called when crossing the stage. No balloons, air horns, noise makers, etc. No umbrellas will be permitted.
  • Security: The Statesboro Police Department is providing adequate security both inside and on the adjacent roads to the stadium.
  • Concessions:There will be bottled water available for purchase for $2 at each of the four entry gates. No other concessions will be sold.

News

3/30/17

Bulloch County Schools is changing the locations and times of its 2017 graduation ceremonies for each of its three high schools. The Class of 2017 will be the first graduates in more than 10 years to receive their diplomas at their home stadiums in Brooklet, Portal and Statesboro. Superintendent Charles Wilson made the announcement Wednesday after hearing from high school principals. “This is a change many students and parents have requested for several years,” Wilson said. The return to district facilities will necessitate new ceremony times as well. The school system is communicating with parents and students this week, eight weeks prior to the events.

 

These are the new dates, times and locations for the graduation ceremonies:
 

Portal Middle High School Graduation:    Friday, May 26, 7:00 p.m., at the PMHS Athletic Complex, located at 27245 Highway 80 West, in Portal.

 

Southeast Bulloch High School Graduation:  Saturday, May 27, 8:30 a.m., at Fred Shaver Field, located at 9184, Brooklet/Denmark Hwy, in Brooklet. Guests are asked to use SEBHS’s and Southeast Bulloch Middle School’s parking lots as well as the lots behind the schools along Black Creek Church Road.

 

Statesboro High School Graduation: Saturday, May 27, 10:30 a.m., at Womack Field, located at 10 Lester Road, in Statesboro. Guests are asked to use the school’s parking lots, the lots behind the building and the vacant field at the rear of campus.  Please do not use the private parking lots of the retail businesses along Lester Road. These are reserved for their customers.

 

Return to Tradition & Community Feedback
Historically, the district held graduation at the individual schools. The school system began holding a series of same-day, staggered ceremonies at Hanner Field House on Georgia Southern University’s campus 10 years ago. Parents, students and faculty have all shared with Wilson and the Board of Education their desire to return the ceremonies to their individual alma maters.

 

“Our high school campuses are second homes to students, especially our seniors, and the stadiums are filled with years of school spirit and traditions,” Wilson said.  “It’s only fitting that our high schools host these milestone events where graduates’ memories are in abundance.”

 

Graduation Attendance Exceeds Hanner Field House’s Capacity
Attendance at SEBHS’s and SHS’s events now exceeds Hanner Field House’s indoor seating capacity. The change in venues will allow these schools to better accommodate guests.  While these schools’ stadium seating capacities exceed that of Hanner Field House, SEBHS and SHS will still use admission tickets for entry. PMHS does not use admission tickets. In the event of inclement weather, the ceremonies will be moved to the schools’ gymnasiums and seating limited to four guests per graduate, except at PMHS where the gym can seat all guests.

 

Graduation Times
Because the ceremonies will now be in outside venues, weather conditions were a major factor in setting new dates and times for graduation. In May our area is subject to heat and late afternoon and early evening thunderstorms, so ceremonies in the morning were considered.  

 

PMHS can easily accommodate its guests and graduates in either the school’s stadium or gymnasium due to their smaller size, so weather was not a major deciding factor. For this reason, PMHS decided to host its event on Friday evening.

 

SHS and SEBHS decided to host their events early on Saturday morning to avoid hotter afternoon temperatures and possible late afternoon and early evening thunderstorms. These schools are unable to accommodate all graduates and guests in their gymnasiums or auditoriums.  Also, it was decided to stagger these schools graduation times in order to have enough time between the ceremonies for extended family, media, administrators and the Board of Education to travel to both events.

 

Graduation Invitation Insert
Graduation invitations have already been printed and issued, so the school system and Herff Jones are providing packets of printed cards with the new graduation dates, times and locations. Graduates can insert them inside their invitations prior to mailing invitations. If a graduate has already mailed their invitations, the card can be mailed as a separate postcard.  These will be distributed by April 11 to all graduates even if they did not order invitations from Herff Jones.

 

Herff Jones is also providing one free corrected invitation to each graduate to have as a keepsake. “We regret any inconvenience this change has made for our students and parents,” Wilson said. 

 

Partnership with Georgia Southern University
“GA Southern and its employees have partnered with us for many years and gone above and beyond to provide our graduates, guests and faculty a positive experience, not to mention sacrificing their Memorial Day weekend each year,” said Wilson. The district had discussed making the venue changes next year, but a recent opportunity for GA Southern to host a nationwide athletic event advanced the timeline. Because the semi-final games of this tournament will be held all day on Saturday, May 27, we could not guarantee ease of travel to Hanner Field House or parking for those who attend our graduation ceremonies.

 

“Our mutual decision to move our events allows us to support the University’s opportunity to host the 2017 Sunbelt Conference Baseball Championships the week of May 22-28.” Wilson noted that while GA Southern is fully capable of hosting these multiple events simultaneously, our change allows GA Southern to focus on this nationwide athletic experience and the economic impact it has for all of Bulloch County.  

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