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Newton graduations this weekend

Graduate Khrysten Hilty greets James Woodard, principal of the Newton College & Career Academy, as Michelle Mariah Hines continues walking across the stage during graduation practice Tuesday afternoon. Eastside High School's graduation is set for 9 a.m. Saturday at the church. See graduation coverage by The Citizen in Sunday's edition.

Graduate Khrysten Hilty greets James Woodard, principal of the Newton College & Career Academy, as Michelle Mariah Hines continues walking across the stage during graduation practice Tuesday afternoon. Eastside High School's graduation is set for 9 a.m. Saturday at the church. See graduation coverage by The Citizen in Sunday's edition.

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These Eastside High School students are ready to graduate. From left, Class President Bryant Johnson, student Jazmin Ireland, salutatorian Conner Bryan, valedictorian Joey Ellwanger and student Musashi Jason Briem all gave a thumbs up during graduation practice at Springfield Baptist Church this week; they will all participate in part of the program. Staff Photos: Sue Ann Kuhn-Smith

CONYERS -- The Newton County School System will hold its annual graduation ceremonies this weekend.

Newton High School's commencement exercises are scheduled to begin at 8 p.m. today at Springfield Baptist Church in Conyers. On Saturday, Eastside High Schools' graduation will begin at 9 a.m., while Alcovy High School's ceremonies are set to start at 3 p.m.

The ceremonies were moved to Springfield this year, after being held at Homer Sharp Stadium last year; for a few years prior, they were held at the same church location, which used to be Church in the Now.

Graduates are expected to arrive earlier and report to a designated area of the church before the ceremonies begin, as directed by the school earlier this year.

Students were given a certain number of tickets to give to guests as entry into the ceremonies.

Retiring NCSS Superintendent Gary Mathews is expected to speak at each graduation, and members of the Newton County Board of Education also are expected to be present at the ceremonies.