Tupelo High School will hold graduation ceremonies tonight at 8 at the Tupelo Coliseum. Shannon, Saltillo and Mooreville high schools will hold commencement exercises Friday at 7:30 p.m. at their respective schools.
By Monique Harrison
It’s that time again – the time when moms cry, dads beam with pride, and students agonize over how many bobby pins they should use to secure that ill-fitting flat board atop their heads.
Tupelo High School will hold commencement exercises tonight at 8 at the Tupelo Coliseum. Lee County Schools will have graduation ceremonies at their respective high schools Friday at 7:30 p.m.
While graduation is a festive time for all involved, the ceremony is designed to be a somber one.
To maintain that atmosphere, commencement participants are encouraged to follow several basic guidelines.
Spectators are encouraged to hold their applause until all graduates have received their diplomas.
“We understand that people may feel like jumping up and cheering,” said Tupelo High School administrator Frank Crawford, who is in charge of coordinating the school’s commencement exercises. “But we’ve learned that a little bit of applause leads to a whistle, which leads to a catcall, which leads itself to a larger disruption.
“Everyone receiving a diploma deserves to have their name heard by their parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles and friends,” Crawford said. “The actual ceremony is not a place to jump and shout. It is a very somber occasion.”
Although spectators are welcome to take flash photographs before and after commencement exercises, they are asked to refrain from taking flash pictures during the actual ceremony.
Tupelo and Lee County schools have hired professional photographers to make videotapes and photos to be sold to interested students and parents. Flashes from other cameras may affect the quality of the work.
Schools do not limit the number of spectators graduates may invite to the ceremony. Tupelo High School gives each graduate four tickets for seating on the coliseum floor, nearest to the stage. Other spectators are asked to sit in the unlimited seating areas.