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Class of 2008 to graduate this weekend

Covington - When they aren't worried about final projects and exams, graduating seniors, educators and families of the 2008 graduates are preparing for graduation ceremonies.

Almost 1,000 Newton County School System seniors will graduate Saturday in three separate ceremonies.

Newton High School

Graduating students at Newton High School will participate in a ceremony at 9 a.m. Saturday in the school's gymnasium.

Each graduate will receive four tickets at graduation practice; only those with a ticket will be admitted to the event. An additional ticket will allow a guest to view the graduation telecast in the school auditorium. The school stresses that graduation announcements are not invitations to the graduation ceremonies.

Seniors should arrive by 7:30 a.m. Saturday and park in the lower parking lot, and guests should arrive at 8 a.m. and park in the front and lower parking lots - no guests will be admitted after 8:50 a.m.

Students are required to attend a graduation practice at 3:45 p.m. Friday in the gym. At that time, graduates will receive cords and tickets and practice for the ceremony.

For the ceremony, female graduates are required to wear a blouse with no collar above the gown's neckline, a shirt or dress no longer than the gown and black or dark blue dress shoes. Males are required to wear black or navy blue slacks with black dress shoes, dark socks, a white dress shirt and a conservative tie.

"Any graduate who does not follow the prescribed dress code will not be permitted to walk," according to a graduation flier. "We earnestly ask your cooperation in making this a special occasion worthy of the respect and dignity earned by each student participating in this time-honored celebration."

For more information, call the school at 770-787-2250 or visit www.newtoncountyschools.org/newtonhigh.

Eastside High School

The Class of 2008 at Eastside High School will march at 11:30 a.m. Saturday at Church in the Now, 1877 Iris Drive S.E. in Conyers.

Students will receive eight guest tickets, which are required for admission. The ceremony also will be streamed live on the church's Web site, www.churchinthenow.org.

Graduates must arrive by 10:30 a.m. that day and park in the gravel lot behind the church, while the school suggests guests arrive between 10:30 and 11 a.m., but no later than 11:15 a.m., and park in the parking lot in front of the church.

Before graduation day, students must attend a practice at 12:45 p.m. Friday at the church.

According to graduation coordinator Nancy Tiede, guests and graduates are to dress appropriately for a special occasion; no hats, shorts or tank tops are allowed for either.

For more information about graduation, call the school at 770-784-2920 or visit www.newtoncountyschools.org/eastside.

Alcovy High School

The 279 graduating seniors at Alcovy High School will take the stage at 2 p.m. Saturday at the school.

Graduates each will receive six tickets, which are required for every guest, including infants.

Students are told to arrive by noon and park in the student parking lot to enter through the lower gym doors; guests are to begin arriving at 1 p.m. and park in the front school parking lot to enter through the school's main entrance. No one will be admitted to the gym after 2 p.m.

Seniors also must attend a graduation practice at 3:30 p.m. Friday in the gym. At the mandatory practice, they will receive dual diploma cords and guest tickets.

At the ceremony Saturday, female graduates are required to wear a blouse with the collar not above the gown's neckline and a skirt or dress no longer than the gown and no shorter than the fingertips with black dress shoes, while males must wear black dress slacks, black dress shoes and socks, a white dress shirt and a conservative tie.

"Any graduate who does not follow the dress code will not be permitted to walk," according to a graduation flier given to the students. "We ask for your help and support in making this a special occasion for all to remember."

Any questions regarding graduation should be directed to the school by calling 770-784-4995 or by visiting www.newtoncountyschools.org/alcovy.

Michelle Floyd can be reached at michelle.floyd@newtoncitizen.com.