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My son is graduating this year from BHS. I need advice from BHS parent veterans of the Greek Theater graduation experience. How long does it last and what is it like? What to bring and where to sit? How early should we get there? We will have family members ranging up to grandparents in their 80s. Any wisdom that will help make the event more comfortable would be much appreciated. Thanks! CS
I got info on the timing by sending an email to one of the co-Principals, Laura Leventor (sp?) - it may change from year-to-year, but last year the ceremony was very punctual and really started and ended when she said (I don't recall the hours now.)
Choice of seating - center, up to midway up the height of the seats. Last year, the kids got their diplomas center-stage, and then walked to one side of the stage back to their seats. They called the kids in two groups, alternating with one from the beginning of the alphabet, and one from the end of the alphabet. Probably try to get there an hour before the start of the ceremony. Parking is horrible, so you would want to have the grandparents dropped-off with most of the group to save seating, while the driver parks and walks (probably a long distance). If you have a video or still camera with a good zoom, that's the best way to take photos, since the theatre is huge. Binoculars are also helpful.
Be prepared for sun and fog, since it can start out sunny and get foggy and cold later (blankets, sunhats, layered clothing). Also bring pillows to sit on, and plastic water bottles and snacks.
At the end of the ceremony, the athletic among you may want to go down to the mosh-pot of kids near the stage to get photos of your son & friends, and get close to their enthusiasm. If you come in two cars, some of your group could leave early to avoid the traffic jam after the ceremony.
I thought the whole experience was amazing - definitely not personal, but it's dramatic to see the whole class come together like that. Congratulations and enjoy! Jil
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