Staff Photo: Erin Evans. Seniors from Eastside High School held graduation practice at Church in the Now on Thursday afternoon. Pictured is graduate Jonathan Benton handing Assistant Principal Bruce McColumn his name card before he walks up on stage. Eastside seniors will graduate at a ceremony at 4 p.m. Saturday at Church in the Now.
COVINGTON -- More than 1,000 Newton County high school seniors will graduate this week.
For some, the next phase will mean more freedom -- from parents and having to adhere to a schedule -- when they head off to a college or a university. While others might be headed to the work force or the military.
But first, students in the Newton County School System will spend their last moments in high school at graduation ceremonies Friday and Saturday at Church in the Now.
Alcovy High School
Graduates from Alcovy High School will be the first class in Newton County to walk this year.
About 350 seniors will graduate in a ceremony at 7 p.m. Friday at Church in the Now, which is located at 1877 Iris Drive S.E. in Conyers.
Students have received six tickets during graduation practice for their guests. Arrival time is 5:30 p.m. today and doors will be locked at 6:50 p.m. for the processional.
Graduates can pick up their diplomas at the school from 8 to 9:30 p.m. Friday, 8 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday or over the summer from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays.
Graduation DVDs will be available for sale for $25 at the ceremony and $30 after graduation day. Guests are not allowed to video tape.
Newton High School
Seniors will graduate from Newton High School on Saturday morning.
More than 425 graduates are scheduled to walk in a ceremony at 10 a.m. Saturday at Church in the Now.
Students will receive tickets during graduation practice. Graduates should arrive by 9 a.m. and put on their caps and gowns inside the building, and they cannot bring cellphones, cameras or other electronic items to the graduation ceremony.
The door to the church will close at 9:55 a.m. for graduates to walk into the sanctuary for the ceremony.
Parents are allowed to take pictures in a designated area only when their child's name is being called to go on stage.
Eastside High School
Students from Eastside High School will be the last seniors to graduate this year.
Their graduation program is scheduled for 4 p.m. Saturday at Church in the Now for nearly 300 graduates.
Students received tickets during graduation practice for their guests. Students are to arrive by 2:30 p.m. Saturday and doors for guests will open at 3 p.m. No one will be permitted to enter after 3:50 p.m.
Cameras are allowed, but guests cannot move around for photographs during the ceremony. Strollers are prohibited in the building.
Students are asked to dress as they were informed during their graduation practices.
Graduation videos will stream live on the Church in the Now website, www.churchinthenow.org.