Archive for Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Weather forecast favorable for graduates

Free State, LHS should have first commencements on home fields Sunday

May 19, 2010, 12:00 a.m. Updated May 19, 2010, 12:27 p.m.


Weather forecasts look favorable for this weekend’s high school graduation ceremonies in Lawrence.

It would be the first time both schools graduate in their new athletic stadiums.

Matt Elwell, 6News chief meteorologist, said the Sunday forecast called for sunny skies with temperatures in the 80s.

That’s good news for graduates of Lawrence’s two public high schools, who will celebrate the end of their high school careers in front of their families and friends.

Free State High School’s ceremony will be at 1 p.m. Sunday at the Free State athletic stadium, 4700 Overland Drive. The Lawrence High School ceremony will be 4 p.m. at the LHS stadium, 1901 La.

For Free State, parking will be available in the main student lot north of the school. Parking is also available at the Lawrence Indoor Aquatic Center’s lot. Lisa Boyd, a Free State assistant principal, said that about 12 handicapped parking spots are available in the Free State west lot, and the Aquatic Center has several handicapped parking spots on its west side.

People who use wheelchairs can also be dropped off at the entrance to the stadium, Boyd said.

Most parking for the LHS graduation will be in the main lot east of the stadium off 19th Street. Additional off-street parking will be in the annex lot and new parking lot, both of which can be accessed from 21st Street, LHS assistant principal Jan Leonard said.

Golf carts will be available for those who need assistance.

If inclement weather does arrive Sunday, the school district has reserved Allen Fieldhouse as an indoor venue. If they need to, school officials will make an announcement about a possible change by 10 a.m. Sunday. Watch Sunflower Broadband Channel 6 and check for updates Sunday.

Here’s the schedule for more high school graduation-related events in Lawrence:

• Bishop Seabury Academy’s graduation and stepping-up ceremony will be at 9 a.m. Friday at the school, 4120 Clinton Parkway.

• Veritas Christian School’s graduation will be at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Mustard Seed Church, 700 Wakarusa Drive.

• Project Graduation for all Lawrence graduating seniors begins at 10 p.m. Sunday at Abe and Jake’s Landing, 8 E. Sixth St.

Students can still buy tickets for Project Graduation after the public high school graduation rehearsals on Friday. Graduates can also wait in line at Project Graduation to buy tickets.

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9070811 8 years, 1 month ago

"Parking is also available at the Lawrence Indoor Aquatic Center’s lot."

No actually it is not. The sign outside of the LIAC states "for aquatic users only."

olmsted78 8 years, 1 month ago

OK, now we just need the economic forecast to cooperate

Boston_Charley 8 years, 1 month ago

Yes, I thought this story was going to say that all of this year's graduates have jobs or full scholarships awaiting them. If only.

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