Fayette County


Weather forces changes to tonight’s graduation plans

The threat of inclement weather may be wreaking havoc on tonight’s graduation ceremonies, but it won’t stop the celebration.

The biggest change comes at Sandy Creek, where they will be hosting their ceremony at 7 p.m. at Word of Faith Family Worship Cathedral in Austell. The decision was made in part because of on-going drainage issues with the football field, meaning the field would be too muddy to host graduation ceremonies even if the weather cleared up in time. School buses took graduates to the church for practices this morning and will be available in the afternoon for students who do not have transportation to the ceremony. Three buses will leave Sandy Creek at 4:00 p.m. to go to the graduation with teachers, graduates, junior marshals, and ROTC.

The church is located at 212 Riverside Pkwy in Austell off I-20 near Six Flags. Per an email sent out to parents, the seating capacity is 4,000 with ample parking allowing for no limit on how many can attend.
The four other schools, Fayette County, McIntosh, Starr’s Mill, and Whitewater, have all decided to move their ceremonies into their gyms. Each graduates was given an allotted number of tickets for entrance to the gym (five tickets at Fayette and McIntosh, four at Starr’s Mill and Whitewater). Only those with tickets will admitted to the gym. Classrooms, the cafeteria, and the auditorium will be opened up to accommodate overflow guests, with ceremonies live-streamed into the rooms.

By Christopher Dunn

Managing Editor Christopher Dunn has been with the Fayette County News since 2011, in addition to running Fayette Victory magazine. He is a graduate of Fayette County schools, as well as a graduate of Georgia State University with a degree in journalism. Follow him on twitter @fayettesports.