CONYERS — The high school graduating classes of Newton and Rockdale counties are preparing to step into the future with graduation ceremonies beginning as early as Wednesday night.

Salem High seniors will walk first Wednesday, May 22, at Seminole Stadium.

The ceremony is scheduled for 7 p.m. Graduates are to report to the gym that afternoon in proper attire.

Next will be Rockdale County High on Thursday, May 23, at Reid Memorial Stadium starting at 6:30 p.m.

Graduates should arrive no later than 4:30 p.m., and parents may be seated beginning at 5 p.m.

Families are asked to not bring balloons, beach balls, Fat heads, cow bells, air horns, or any other disruptive noise-making devices or items that could block or impede the view of others.

No specific dress code will be enforced, but students may not decorate their caps in any way, including cap toppers.

Each senior will receive nine tickets for the ceremony. All patrons who attend the ceremony, regardless of age, must have the wristband on to be admitted. Seating is first-come, first-served.

And to wrap it up Heritage’s Class of 2019 will walk Friday, May 24, at Charles Evans Memorial Stadium starting at 6:30 p.m.

Seating will begin at 5:30 p.m., when graduates should arrive in full attire.

Cellphones should be turned off or silenced. Students are encouraged not to bring purses, cellphones or cameras with them to the ceremony.

All NCSS high schools will hold graduation ceremonies at Springfield Baptist Church in Rockdale County. The district has a strict policy regarding graduates bringing in items such as cellphones, keys, purses, iPods and cameras. Graduates should leave these items in their cars or give them to a family member or guest in attendance.

Alcovy High, which will have its ceremony at 7 p.m. Friday, May 24, has asked that the graduates arrive at the church no later than 5 p.m. Guest doors will open at 6 p.m., and no guests will be admitted after 6:55 p.m. All guests — even infants — must have a ticket for entrance to the ceremony.

Male seniors have been asked to wear black slacks and shoes with a white shirt in addition to a conservative tie. However, bow ties have been deemed unacceptable. Female seniors must wear all black shoes and are not allowed to wear pants or flip flops.

Beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday, May 25, Newton High will hold its ceremony. Graduates are expected to be at the church no later than 7:30 a.m. Doors will open for guests at 8 a.m., and no guests will be admitted after 8:50 a.m. or without a ticket.

Eastside High will also have its graduation ceremony Saturday, May 25, beginning at 3 p.m. Graduates must arrive at the church no later than 1:30 p.m., and guests will be allowed into the church beginning at 2 p.m. No guests will be admitted after 2:50 p.m.

Graduating seniors will be allowed to have only a certain number of things on their person, such as a driver’s license, one comb and one key in their pockets.

Like the other two high schools, EHS male graduates must wear dark slacks, socks and shoes with a white shirt and conservative tie. Female graduates should wear black shoes, with flat shoes being suggested. Additionally, female graduates should wear a skirt or dress that is shorter than the graduation gown.

Any graduate who does not follow the aforementioned rules and dress codes will not be permitted to walk at the ceremony. Parents and guests have been asked to not wear hats, tank tops or shorts.

Covington native and proud Valdosta State alumna, Hunter has previously worked with The Covington News and Valdosta Daily Times. She started working for Rockdale/Newton Citizen in June 2018.

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