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Questions arise over graduation
There’s good news for Brunswick High School’s Class of 2013: students will receive 10 tickets for commencement guests as opposed to last year’s total of five.

However, that benefit might be negated thanks to the time, date and location of the ceremony. Graduates will receive their diplomas at 4 p.m. May 22, a Wednesday, at the Jekyll Island Convention Center, four hours before Glynn Academy will be doing the same at the same location.

Glynn County Board of Education member Ingrid Metz says she has received complaints about scheduling graduation on a weekday and during business hours.

“Though each student is getting 10 tickets for the ceremony this year, that doesn’t make up for the fact that many of their relatives can’t come because it’s a Wednesday at 4 p.m. People have jobs. Out-of-town family members would have to fly or drive in that day and leave that night to head back to work, not to mention every car will pay $6 to get onto (Jekyll) Island,” she said.

As a former teacher at Brunswick High School for 29 years, she says the school has had a tradition of hosting graduation in its own gym. Due to regulations, the ceremony has grown too large and a different place was required, Metz says she was told. The high school also usually holds graduation on a Friday.

The search for a new location ended at the Jekyll Island Convention Center.

Additional concerns, according to Metz, include graduation practice schedules, which mean transporting students to and from Jekyll Island, and a teacher planning day on May 22. She is also looking into whether other venues had been considered and how the final location was decided.

• Reporter Sarah Lundgren writes about education and other local topics. Contact her at, on Facebook or at 265-8320, ext. 322.

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