[BHS etree] SENIORS: Graduation ticket information and a bit more

bhs at idiom.com bhs at idiom.com
Tue May 26 21:00:49 PDT 2009

PLEASE DO NOT REPLY to the etree, contact Janet Huseby
[mailto:jhuseby at pacbell.net]

We are receiving many questions regarding graduation.  Below are answers.
If you have more questions, let us know. 

1. Graduation takes place Friday, June 12 at 5:30 p.m. in the UC Berkeley
Greek Theater.  Students must report in the morning for rehearsal at 9:00
a.m. and then they report in the afternoon at 4 pm for the event.  In
addition, there is a mandatory rehearsal/meeting at the Berkeley Community
Theater (BHS campus) on Thursday, June 11.  Traditionally this first
rehearsal has taken place at 2 p.m.  However, students should listen
carefully to the Student Dally Bulletin for the exact time.  Both rehearsals
are mandatory. 

2. Tickets are on sale in room D173--the registrar's office across from the
Front Desk.  Students may come by at first period, lunch and after school.
Parents may also come in to buy tickets.  Each student in good standing
(that is with no book debts and fewer than three unexcused absences)
receives two free tickets.  After that, a student may purchase as many
tickets as he or she wants at $15 each ticket. Please no checks.  Cash or
money order only. Students who have difficulty buying tickets should see
their counselor.  If you have any further questions regarding tickets,
please contact Vice Principal Vernon Walton at (510) 644-4569.

3. There are a limited number of disabled tickets.  If you are interested in
obtaining one, please contact our Student Activities Director, Edith Jordan,
at (510) 644-8990. Only one person may accompany each disabled guest in the
disabled seating area. 

4. Parking is limited close to the theater.  The school will run a shuttle
bus from BHS starting at 3:30 p.m.  There will be two passenger loading
zones for dropping off passengers at the Greek Theater. Southbound traffic
can drop off in the bus zone across from the Greek Theater.  Northbound
traffic can drop off in the bus zone just north of the Greek Theater.
Disabled persons with wheelchairs will be allowed to drop off on a service
road at the north side of the Greek Theater. The service road will be open
only for wheelchair drop offs.  UCPD will have signs posted to indicate the
location of the loading zones.

5. Graduates arrive at 4 p.m.  Families should plan on arriving early as the
theater fills up rapidly.  Overflow is accommodated on the grassy slope
above the theater.  Bring something soft to sit on and, this being Berkeley,
sunscreen, hats and sweaters for when the fog rolls in. 

6. How long?  The ceremony will keep going until roughly 7:30.  But do not
count on corralling your graduate right away.  There is an exuberant
gathering of kids hugging and kissing.  It takes maybe half an hour to get
your kid.

7. Enjoy yourself.  Berkeley High graduations are really wonderful. 

Janet Huseby

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