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Graduation

Dear Seniors and Parents:

Seniors will be receiving their high school diploma on, June 2, 2018 at 6:30 pm in the North Charleston Coliseum if all graduation requirements are met.  James Island Charter High School has the reputation of having beautiful and dignified graduation programs, and we know that this graduating class will continue that tradition.

We look forward to this very special time.  This is a voluntary ceremony.  If a student does not wish to participate in this type of ceremony, he/she should inform Deborah Farrell, Director of Guidance by Monday, May 28, 2018.

The purpose of this letter is to provide you with details about practice and the ceremony.

Graduation Practice

On Friday, June 1, 2018, seniors are to report to the North Charleston Coliseum and enter through the Coliseum loading dock to check in for graduation practice.  Practice will be from 9:00 am – 11:00 am.  The practice is mandatory so those students will know their place in line and the procedures for the ceremony.  Students who do not attend the graduation practice will NOT BE ALLOWED TO PARTICIPATE in the commencement ceremony on June 2nd.  Seniors are expected to stay until practice is over. We will begin promptly at 9:00 am because the staff must set up for Wando’s graduation.  All fees and fines must be cleared by May 25, 2018.

Attire for Ceremony

  • Dress or a blouse with a dress skirt (HEM MAY NOT be visible below the graduation gown), neckline should be completely covered by the graduation gown, black dress shoes (no athletic footwear or flip flop type shoes).
    Note:  Jack Rogers sandals are acceptable as longs as they are black.
  • Black or navy blue dress pants (no denim/jeans or athletic pants), white dress shirt with a tie, black dress shoes with dark socks (no white socks, athletic footwear, Crocs, sandals or flip flops) – NO T-SHIRTS or polo-style pullovers.

Sunglasses, headgear, flip-flops, tennis shoes are not permitted. You are not permitted to decorate the top of your cap. Absolutely no college “wraps” or other alterations or additions may be present on the caps nor the gown worn for graduation.

Graduation Ceremony

The ceremony on Saturday, June 2, 2018 will last approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes.  You may want to consider this in your planning.  Seniors need to be at the Coliseum robed and ready to line up no later than 4:45 pm. Graduates are asked to enter through the East entrance to the coliseum. Only graduates and school personnel are allowed to enter though that entrance.

Seating and Safety Information

Every graduate’s family and friends deserve the opportunity to see and hear their student receive his or her diploma and to enjoy the entire program without distraction.  In past graduation ceremonies some members of the audience disturbed the program by yelling, blowing horns, walking up to the stage to take pictures, blocking the recessional to congratulate individual students, or leaving before the event ended.  You are requested to refrain from loud expressions of pleasure for individual graduates.  Such expressions frequently and unfairly detract from the recognition due the next graduate in line.  We will have additional North Charleston police officers present to assist if there are any problems.  Please review the following guidelines and share them with your guests.

 

  • The Coliseum has a Clear Bag Policy.  Please see below:

    • Guests are strongly encouraged to not bring any types of bags to the North Charleston Coliseum and Performing Arts Center, however, outlined below are types of bags that will be permitted:

      • Bags that are clear plastic, vinyl or PVC and do not exceed 14” x 6” x 14”


         

      • One-gallon plastic freezer bag (Ziploc bag or similar)

      • Small clutch bags, with our without a handle or strap, not to exceed 4.5” x 6.5”

      • An exception will be made for medically necessary items after proper inspection at designated entrance specifically for this purpose.

      • Diaper bags will be allowed for families with infants and toddlers. Child must be present.

      • Prohibited items include, but are not limited to: purses larger than a clutch bag, coolers, briefcases, backpacks, fanny packs, cinch bags, luggage of any kind, computer bags and camera bags or any bag larger than the permissible size.

      • Guests will continue to be able to carry items allowed into the venues such as non-professional cameras, binoculars, and smart phones as long as they are in their pockets or a clear bag.

      • Graduates and school personnel will enter the venues through designated entrances where they will be subject to screening and bag inspections.

  • Members of the audience who make excessive noise or use noisemakers such as air horns will be asked to leave. 

  • The Coliseum does not allow balloons in the coliseum. If balloons are brought to the check-in area, Coliseum personnel will ask for them to be taken back to the car.

  • Walking around during the ceremony should be limited to emergencies.  Please do not plan to leave until all graduates have received diplomas and the graduates have marched out.  You may meet your graduates outside of the East entrance of the Coliseum. 

  • A professional photographer will be present and will take a picture of each student receiving his diploma.  No other picture-taking will be permitted near the stage or on the floor of the arena where the graduates are seated.  Guests who arrive early to obtain seats on the side of the arena near the graduates deserve to see without the distraction of people walking up and down with cameras.

  • All guests should seek seats in the upper level.  The seating on the coliseum floor is limited to participants in the ceremony and ADA seating.

  • Special handicapped seating is available.  An usher will direct disabled guests to that area.

  • The last segment of the ceremony is the recessional of the graduates.  The graduates will move to a designated area in order to receive their actual diplomas, certificates and other special recognition.  This allows graduates to receive diplomas quickly and without error.

  • Please arrange a place to meet your graduate after the ceremony.  A location either inside the arena, in the lobby, or outside the building would be appropriate.

     We request that you review these guidelines. The guidelines represent a contractual agreement regarding appropriate behavior and dress. We look forward to a dignified ceremony that allows graduates and their families to hear names when called. We are sure you understand the nature of our request and will honor it on that day.
     
    Please help us to continue our fine tradition of excellence in everything that we do. If you have any questions, please contact Angela Childs-Kindred at angela_kindred@charleston.k12.sc.us. See you at graduation!

    Sincerely,

    Timothy Thorn, Interim Principal 

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  • Angela Childs-Kindred, Graduation Coordinator