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Clovis High graduation to require tickets


April 10, 2019

CLOVIS — The annual graduation at Clovis High School will for the first time require tickets for admission to the service.

Graduation will begin 6 p.m. May 18 at the Curry County Events Center.

Tickets will be distributed to students starting May 1, according to a release from Clovis schools. Each graduate will be issued 10 tickets, which must be picked up at the CHS guidance office before 4 p.m. May 13.

Any remaining tickets will be distributed starting at 7:30 a.m. May 14 in the front foyer of CHS’ Building A. Graduates at that time may pick up an additional pair of tickets on a first-come, first-served basis until they’re gone.

On the day of the ceremony, graduates are required to be at the Events Center no later than 4 p.m.

Doors will open to the public at 4 p.m. Noisemakers and posters will not be allowed in the center, and the throwing or possession of beach balls, balloons, confetti or other items is prohibited. The Events Center will not accept deliveries of graduation gifts.

Anybody unable to attend services may watch a livestream of the services via the CMS District Offices Facebook page.

The ceremonies will conflict with some sports championship events being held in the Albuquerque metroplex, most notably the Class 5A state track meet. Clovis Schools Superintendent Jody Balch referred questions about the scheduling conflict to the school board, noting the board created the calendar more than a year ago.

Board President Cindy Osburn said the board has to consider recurring events also booked at the events center, and tries to hold graduation on the Friday before school ends. She said it was the board's hope with a 6 p.m. ceremony that some of those athletes would be able to compete in early events Saturday and make the ceremonies later that evening in Clovis.

"We will definitely find a later date next year," Osburn said. "Our plan is to ask Clovis High School administration to provide us with two potential dates to choose from next year to avoid this situation from happening again."

In response to questions about alternate scheduling days and sites, Osburn said a Sunday graduation wasn't off the table, but the events center is the only place she believes a CHS graduation could be held.

"Outdoor graduation ceremonies are risky due to unpredictable weather," Osburn said, "so we would prefer not to have to search for a new venue at the last minute."

Should spring athletes forgo the ceremony, Osburn said the board and central office staff would do whatever it could to appropriately acknowledge those students' graduation.

Questions regarding the graduation may be directed to Tina Vassar at 575-769-4350, extension 1006.


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