Graduating DCSD seniors can now bring several guests
By Bobby Bryant, Editor
More details are emerging about how the Darlington County School District will conduct its June 11 graduations, which mostly will be held at school football stadiums. Education Superintendent Tim Newman said officials are closely watching the COVID-19 numbers in the area. Graduating seniors will be given tickets to admit guests to the ceremony. The number of tickets is likely to vary by the size of the graduating class. Schools with smaller graduating classes, such as Lamar High, are likely to be issued more tickets per senior. Schools with larger graduating classes, such as Darlington High, likely will get fewer tickets per senior. “We have very different scenarios in each of our schools,” Newman said at a school board meeting May 24. “We have two large high schools, with large football stadiums. We have a small high school with a smaller football stadium. And we have Mayo, which is using a field behind the building itself, putting chairs out on that field as staging for their group.” “In the Lamar stadium, they have a much smaller amount of students who are graduating in that stadium, and they are currently set for eight tickets to be able to give to their guests,” Newman said. “They have approximately 60 students graduating.” “And then we move to Mayo – again, a little bit over 60 they’re working with, (planning) four to six tickets for graduation. Darlington High School, six tickets they’re at for their guests. And Hartsville High School, six tickets that we’re at for their guests.” The graduations will be live-streamed on the Internet for anyone not able to attend, Newman said.