Guests at this year’s Bowling Green High School graduation ceremony will once again need tickets to watch their loved ones walk the line and collect their diplomas.
But after introducing the practice last year to help make the ceremony more orderly, the high school is introducing some tweaks this year.
BGHS will honor 324 graduates in the ceremony that takes place at 2 p.m. May 26 in the school’s arena.
According to the school district’s website, 10 tickets will be distributed to students at graduation practice. Additionally, family, friends and community members can also request up to four tickets.
The tickets are free but must be requested in advance. They’re available for pickup at the school between 9:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. May 23 and May 24 and from 10 a.m. to noon May 25.
Tickets are general admission with seating first-come, first-serve. Doors open at 12:30 p.m. Accessible seating is also available for people with disabilities.
Kyle McGraw, an assistant principal at the school, said the ticketing system “worked well last year,” but what ceremony organizers are hoping to avoid is crowding on the upper levels of the arena.
“We want to make sure that no one is standing on the stairs behind the stage,” McGraw said.
As a result, ushers will be on hand at this year’s ceremony to show guests to available seats. McGraw said there were open seats last year, but guests weren’t aware they were available and stood in areas graduation planners would rather have clear.
There will also be fewer additional tickets held in reserve outside of the 10 tickets participating graduates receive at graduation practice.
During a recent planning meeting with school board members, Director of Communications Leslie McCoy said there are about 1,000 additional tickets reserved, down from 1,300 last year.
Requests for additional tickets are also down this year, McCoy said. Last year, the district got more than 1,500 requests, but this year there are about 700, she said.
Tickets are available for request online through the district’s website.
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