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GRADUATION - IMPORTANT WEATHER UPDATE

Good morning, and happy graduation day!

I just spoke with a forecaster at the National Weather Service in Gray who told me that the two weather models they follow are in agreement that the steady rain should push out of Cumberland County around 3:00. This means that we are on for a 4:00 start time on the stadium field. Should the rain move slower than expected, we may need to postpone the start time by an hour; any decision to postpone will come after noon.

Please note that, because we will be setting up in the rain, bleachers and chairs will be wet. We will make it a priority to dry the chairs of the graduates, but we ask that families consider bringing a towel if they want a dry seat. It is also going to be cooler, so please consider dressing in layers and bringing a rain jacket.

Here is the link for the livestream of this year’s graduation ceremony: https://www.youtube.com/l...

Please be sure to remember the following details (also posted on our website):

  1. Seniors must be at the high school by 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 9th. They will meet in the auditorium for last-minute preparations. They should be wearing caps and gowns and all other regalia (e.g. stoles and cords). 
  2. The gates to enter the GHS Stadium will open at 2:30 p.m. for individuals with disabilities and 3:00 p.m. for everyone else. Only those with a ticket will be allowed to enter.
  3. For security reasons, backpacks or other large bags will not be permitted; handheld, personal bags may be searched prior to entering.
  4. Access Road will be closed from the GHS Parking Lot to Narragansett Street (Route 202) beginning at 2:00 p.m. on June 9th and extending through Graduation.
  5. Parking will be extremely limited! There are only 240 parking spots on the GHS campus, and many of these will be reserved for people with disabilities. Anyone planning to attend Graduation should make arrangements to carpool, to park off campus and walk, or to park at Gorham Middle School and utilize a shuttle service that we will be running between GMS and GHS. The shuttle service will begin at 2:30. It will begin again following the ceremony to transport people back to GMS. Handicap parking will be provided in spots 40-74 for seniors who have reserved them during marching practice. There may be extra handicap parking spots on a first come, first serve basis. Volunteers in Police Services (VIPS) will be managing these spots.
  6. Seating will be on a first come, first served basis. The Gorham High School facility, including the stadium, is ADA compliant, which means individuals with disabilities should be able to access the stands or the black chairs on the track. For individuals in a wheel chair, there will be plenty of room on the track in front of the portable bleachers.
  7. Restrooms will be available at the snack shack. Food will not be available.
  8. Graduation will be streamed live. A link to the stream is above.
  9. Gorham High School, as are all school facilities, is a tobacco-free zone. Please refrain from bringing any tobacco products, including cigars, on campus. Police will take notice.

I look forward to seeing you all soon!

Brian Jandreau

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