Thursday, June 3, 2010

Public school graduation ceremonies continue June 7

Approximately 7,681 seniors will graduate this year from Charlotte-
Mecklenburg Schools. It is the largest class in CMS history with 465
more students graduating than last year's 7,216 graduates. It is
estimated that 80,000 guests will attend the 23 ceremonies being held
through June 15. Graduations continue on Monday, June 7, when Metro
School will hold its ceremony at The Blake Hotel (555 South McDowell
Street) at 7 p.m. Myers Park High School has the largest class with
630 students and Metro School has the smallest class with 20 students.
Click here for the list of graduation locations and times.

Commuters and guests should be aware that graduations will increase
traffic during the morning drive, specifically around Bojangles'
Coliseum. Free parking is available at the graduations held at
Bojangles' Coliseum and Ovens Auditorium. For the ceremonies held at
Time Warner Cable Arena, free parking will be available at the
Government Center (Third and South Davidson streets) and the
Mecklenburg County Courthouse (Fourth and McDowell streets) parking
garages. Guests are also encouraged to take the LYNX light rail to the
Charlotte Transit Center Station, which drops riders off in front of
Time Warner Cable Arena.

On Sunday, June 13, family members and guests attending the West
Mecklenburg High School graduation at Bojangles Coliseum (2700 E.
Independence Blvd.) at 5:30 p.m. will need to park at The Park (2500
E. Independence Blvd.) due to an evening performance of "Wicked" held
next door at Ovens Auditorium.

For security reasons, guests will not be allowed to bring the
following items into the graduations: flowers, food, duffel bags,
fanny packs, backpacks, gifts, balloons, air horns and noisemakers.
Guests attending graduations at Bojangles' Coliseum, Ovens Auditorium
and Time Warner Cable Arena will also be checked with a metal detector
prior to entering the venue. Doors open one hour before each
graduation begins. There will be no reserved seating.