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Smoky Mountain High School

May 23, 2024

  • Ramsey Center concourse open at 5:30pm
  • Access to arena seating open at 6:30pm
  • Graduation ceremony starts at 7:30pm

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Tuscola High School

May 31, 2024

Ramsey Center concourse open at 5:00pm
Access to arena seating open at 6:00pm
Graduation ceremony starts at 7:00pm

Tuscola High School website

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Pisgah High School

June 1, 2024

  • Ramsey Center concourse open at 8:00am
  • Access to arena seating open at 9:00am
  • Graduation ceremony starts at 10:00am

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See parking map shown above. Parking for patrons with mobile disabilities is available on a first come-first served basis and is located in Lots 9A & 10 on the ground level of the Ramsey Center. A state issued disabled parking permit will be required in order to park in these lots. There is also a drop-off area on Forrest Hills Rd. For patrons who are being driven by a family member, the drop-off area allows for entrance into the concourse level of the Ramsey Center without the need for use of any stairs. This drop-off area is the most convenient to visitors in a wheel chair and provides the quickest, most simple route into the building. Drivers may drop off their guests, then park in one of the parking lots closest to this area. The Ramsey Center also provides assistants in this area who can help you into and out of the building. Wheel chairs are available on site, and an assistant will help you to your seat inside the arena. Visitors may not keep the available wheel chairs during the ceremony, but will be picked back up when the ceremony is over, and will be assisted back to the drop-off area outside the building. For patrons arriving in a vehicle that utilizes a wheelchair assist ramp or lift, the North East drop-off area is the most convenient location that allows space for accessible, vehicle mounted assist devices.

Students should report to the Auxiliary Gym on the first floor (nearest the Creek Parking Lot) for line up prior to your graduation ceremony. Please contact your school officials for exact times for your class line up.

If you are driving your graduate to the ceremony, you may drop them off near the Auxiliary Gym entrance on the first floor (nearest the Creek Parking Lot). The Ramsey Center concourse will open for parents and guests at 5:00pm on graduation day. The concourse area is on the 3rd floor of the building. Doors to the arena seating will open at 6:00pm.

Faculty line up is in the truck tunnel on the first floor of the building.

Due to security concerns and Ramsey Center policy, there will be no access to the arena floor prior to or during the graduation ceremony. This is a no-exceptions policy that will be enforced.

Concession stands will not be open prior to or during the graduation ceremony. No outside food or drink is allowed inside the building.

Graduation ceremonies are non-ticketed events. You do not need a ticket to attend. Seating is on a first-come/first-served basis and there is no reserved seating for the ceremony. Reserving or marking off rows of seating is discouraged in order for everyone in attendance to have the opportunity to sit where they please.

Yes, cameras and video recorders will be permitted in the arena during the ceremony. Camera tripods will not be allowed, due to creating a tripping hazard and obstructed access in and out of seating sections.

You are allowed to walk to the bottom of your seating aisle to take photos while your son or daughter is walking across the stage, but you will be expected to return to your seat as quickly as possible in order to keep the aisles unobstructed. Please be courteous and allow others to have the same opportunity to take photos. Blocking aisles or doorways is a violation of state fire code and will not be tolerated. 

Of course you can!  You've got a lot to be proud of!  Remember that this is a very big event in your life and the lives of everyone in attendance. We ask that you be respectful of the people around you and the students who are graduating. Air horns, cowbells or any other kind of noise makers will NOT be allowed inside the building. This policy will be strictly enforced by event staff and your school's law enforcement agency.

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