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Graduation Ceremonies

Bulloch County Schools Graduation Ceremonies

Class of 2017

Please note the changes to dates, times and locations for these events.

 

 

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.

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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