Tassels to be turned by 278 on Friday night
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Tassels will be turned Friday night by the 278 members of the Cairo High School Class of 2019 who have successfully completed the required course of study and will be awarded diplomas at West Thomas Stadium.
Cairo High Principal Chris Lokey says that two of the three graduation ceremonies he has been a part of since being named CHS principal had to be held in the Cairo High School gymnasium, but the weather forecast for this Friday night puts the chance of rain at slim to none.
However, those attending and participating will be bracing for a steamer as temperatures are predicted to reach triple digits this weekend.
“We are so proud of our 2019 graduating seniors. This is my first class that I have seen through all four years of Cairo High School. I have watched them grow and learn and become young ladies and gentlemen. With pride, they have given their best!” Principal Lokey said Tuesday.
“I would also like to thank the teachers of the Grady County Schools that have been there to guide these students along the way. Graduating students is truly a team effort beginning with elementary, middle to high school,” the CHS principal said.
The ceremony will begin at 8 p.m. sharp and school officials are encouraging seniors, parents, family and friends to arrive early to find a parking spot and a seat in the stadium.
“I would encourage everyone to come early in order to find a seat before the program begins and to please stay hydrated as we are expecting extremely hot temperatures,” Lokey said.
Reserved parking for those who are handicapped can be found in front of the Williams field house and near the Band Stand concession stand outside the stadium. According to Lokey, the reserved parking for handicap persons will be clearly marked.
Each of the 278 candidates for graduation has been issued a total of 12 tickets which permits 12 family members and/or friends to enter the stadium.
“We want the graduation ceremony to be dignified and loud outbursts, artificial noisemakers and other disruptive behavior is not acceptable. We want the families and friends of each graduate to be able to hear the name of their senior being called and see him or her cross the stage and receive his or her diploma. Please be courteous of others and refrain from hollering, screaming or generally being disruptive to the proceedings. We thank you for your cooperation and understanding,” Lokey said.
Jalyn Taylor Ross, this year’s Student Council president, will be presiding and Senior Class President Dakota Thomas Hightower Daniel will be called upon to recognize distinguished guests.
Valedictorian Ian Ellison Batey and Salutatorian Thomas Myron Jones will both speak Friday night.
As a tribute to the Class of 2019, the CHS Elite Choral Ensemble, under the direction Erikka Edwards, will perform during the commencement exercise..