OZARK—Carroll High School principal Joey Brannon said he hopes no one experiences a CHS graduation like last year’s, when he said interruptions led to the ceremony being halted at least once in order to quiet people down.
This year, he said requiring a ticket for entry into the ceremony could help.
The idea is one of a few that school officials said they are discussing to provide for a more orderly ceremony. Brannon said providing a specific number of free tickets to each graduate to distribute to family members and friends could give the school a better idea of how many people to expect at the Ozark Civic Center for the May graduation.
Brannon said a larger presence of law enforcement and the possible removal of disruptive residents from the ceremony could also curb unnecessary interruptions.
CHS first required tickets for graduation attendees in 2002. It was not immediately clear when the tickets were no longer required.
Brannon said reintroducing the tickets and possibly requiring students to list each person a ticket is given to could give administrators a better idea of who a person is and how he or she – if removed – had access to the graduation.
Brannon said a fee for the tickets had been discussed but will likely not happen.
“We’re not trying to make money off of graduation,” Brannon said.
“All we’re trying to do is make graduation as best as it can be. Graduation is a community event, but at the same time it’s really a family event for families to come and hear their child’s name as they walk across the stage.”
A solid decision on whether or not to distribute tickets is expected next month.