Archive for Sunday, May 20, 2012

Need-to-know information for today’s graduation ceremonies

May 20, 2012


What to bring

Because both ceremonies are in the afternoon, schools recommend bringing sunscreen and water. And if it’s hot, sunglasses and a hat are a good idea. High temperatures are expected to be in the upper 70s to low 80s under mostly sunny skies.

When to arrive

This year, Free State High School will graduate first at 1 p.m. Lawrence High School follows at 4 p.m. Both ceremonies are expected to last 90 minutes or longer. Seniors start arriving an hour to 30 minutes before the ceremony, so people wanting a large seating area or a certain spot might consider coming early.

Where to park

Each of the school’s graduations will be held at their football fields. At Free State High School, Assistant Principal Lisa Boyd said that there is plenty of parking. However, there are a limited number of handicapped spaces in the west parking lot. There are other handicapped parking spaces in the main parking lot area and at the aquatic center.

What to do if it rains

Principals at both high schools will decide by 10 a.m. if weather will force graduations inside. If so, the events will be moved to Kansas University’s Allen Fieldhouse. If there is a decision to go inside, both schools will do so. All seniors will receive word of the change through the district’s phone messaging system. It will also be broadcast on the district’s website and through local media, including

After graduation:

All area high school graduates are welcome to celebrate at Project Graduation, an annual drug- and alcohol-free party hosted by parents. The celebration is tonight from 10 p.m. to 3 a.m. at Abe and Jake’s Landing, 8 E. Sixth St. Along with casino games, a live DJ, mechanical bull, karaoke, photo booth, food and soft drinks, there will be $20,000 worth of prizes handed out to graduates. The top prize, eligible for those who stay until 3 a.m., will be for a used Ford Explorer.

Tickets, which are $10, can be purchased at the door.


chocolateplease 5 years, 10 months ago

Great idea for giving away a car as an incentive for staying at the alcohol/drug free after-party. Is there an iPad prize? What else? Are graduates permitted to come and go, or are they out once they leave? And where do people contact to contribute money or prizes for this same party in future years?

kufootballchick 5 years, 10 months ago

sounds great, but the point of these after graduation parties is to keep kids safe the entire time, not let them leave early or come and go if that's what happens.

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