With summer on the horizon, area high school seniors are likely counting down the days until graduation.
They won’t be counting for much longer, as the area’s first set of high school graduations begin this weekend.
While most of the graduation ceremonies taking place this year have open seating, there are a handful of schools that will be requiring tickets in order to gain entry, including Science Hill High School, University School and Happy Valley High School in Elizabethton.
In the case of both Science Hill and University School, officials have been required to hand out tickets in order to comply with seating capacity guidelines from the fire marshal.
“This year, we were required by Freedom Hall to issue tickets,” Principal Melanie Riden-Bacon said.
Science Hill students were each given 10 tickets for the June 2 graduation ceremony.
Riden-Bacon said seniors may swap out tickets on their own if they don’t need all 10. Students will receive tickets at graduation practice June 1.
Students at University School each were given about 10 tickets for the June 1 graduation ceremony at East Tennessee State University.
Like Science Hill students, University School Counseling Assistant Sandy Robinson said seniors can return unneeded tickets, which will be passed out to those who need extra tickets.
For those without tickets, there will be overflow seating available for the Science Hill and University School ceremonies.
At Happy Valley, each senior was given two tickets, which are required for seats located on the football field. School officials said there is plenty of seating available in the bleachers in addition to standing room around the field.