The stages are set and Charleston Civic Center staffers are busy putting the final touches on preparations for the whirlwind of graduation ceremonies kicking off today.
Eight Kanawha County schools will hold commencements in the Civic Center's Coliseum or the Municipal Auditorium over the next four days.
Putnam County's high schools will begin ceremonies in the Coliseum and Auditorium starting June 2, said John Robertson, Civic Center general manager.
The boards of education decide which schools will use which facility, he said. Some schools do make a specific request.
"Some have become accustomed to those specific facilities," he said.
South Charleston's seniors will be the first to walk when their ceremony starts at 7 p.m. today in the Civic Center Coliseum.
Sissonville will be second at 7:30 p.m. in the Municipal Auditorium.
- Herbert Hoover - 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Municipal Auditorium.
- Capital - 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Coliseum.
- George Washington - 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Municipal Auditorium.
- Riverside - 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Coliseum.
- Nitro - 7 p.m. Thursday in the Municipal Auditorium.
- St. Albans - 7:30 p.m. Thursday in the Coliseum.
This year's ceremonies are a bit different in that they begin at the first of the week, Robertson said.
The ceremonies usually begin in the middle of the week and run through a weekend.
The ceremonies had to start on Monday this year because the school calendar specified when the seniors must be finished with classes.
That doesn't affect the preparations for the ceremonies.
"It's all the same to us," Robertson said.
The basic skeleton for the ceremonies, such as the stage, doesn't change much from school to school, he said. The staff has to make minor changes, like making sure there is the proper number of seats to accommodate the seniors and faculty members, Robertson said.
A lot of planning takes place before the ceremonies begin.