Enhanced Security at Graduation Ceremonies
Enhanced Security at Graduation Ceremonies
Posted on 06/11/2018

We are looking forward to celebrating more of our graduating seniors this weekend (beginning 6/15). For the schools who will conduct ceremonies at the U.S. Cellular Center in downtown Asheville, we have some important changes to security to pass along to you.

These enhancements will impact the ceremonies for Enka High School, A.C. Reynolds High School, Clyde A. Erwin High, T.C. Roberson High School, and North Buncombe High School.

There will be enhanced levels of security around the U.S. Cellular Center. All students and public attendees will be subject to back checks and pat downs. Please allow additional time to park and enter the building, as these additional security measures will slow the entry process into the facility. High school graduation non-permissible items will include:

-Weapons of any kind, including but not limited to guns, pocket knives, knives, pepper spray/mace, flares, and fireworks
-Drugs and other illegal substances
-Noisemaking devices (i.e. air horns, drums, whistles, etc.)
-Flashlights, laser pointers, and other distracting light producing objects 
-Wheeled conveyances other than wheelchairs and strollers (i.e. skateboards, skate shoes, hoverboards, rollerblades, bicycles etc).
-Strollers are not permitted in seating areas and must be left in designated stroller locations outside of the seating area.
-Large bags (greater than 12-by-12”)
-Signs, banners, posters, flags etc. may not be larger than 11-by-17” and may not be attached to a stick; these items also may not be hung or attached to any part of the building, display obscene/offensive language or images or obstruct the view of other guests. 
-Guests wearing full face masks or full face paint will not be permitted entry. 

Other prohibited items; Balloons, chairs, two-way radios, beach balls, permanent markers, stickers and spray paint.

New designated pick up/drop-off location

New for 2018 is a designated location for pick-ups and drop-offs centered around graduations. Please do not pick up or drop off guests directly in front of the U.S. Cellular Center on Haywood Street. This causes a great deal of traffic congestion.Pick-up/drop-off designated location will be the corner of Battery Square and Page Avenue. This is approximately a ½ block of accessible sidewalk by the front doors of the U.S. Cellular Center. All drop-offs and pick-ups should occur here, including family guests, students etc.

Tickets

Guests attending each graduation must present a ticket issued by the graduating school. Guests 2 and under will not require a ticket, with exception of guests attending North Buncombe’s graduation on Sunday in the Thomas Wolfe. North Buncombe guests all must present a ticket, inclusive of infants. Adults will not be allowed in without a ticket or BCS name badge.

The US Cellular Center will open its doors an hour prior to the scheduled graduation time.

The BCS schedule is as follows

Friday, June 15:
Enka High School 7 p.m. ceremony; doors open at 6 p.m.

Saturday, June 16:
AC Reynolds High School: 11 am. ceremony; doors open at 10 a.m.
Erwin High School: 3 p.m. ceremony; doors open at 2 p.m.
TC Roberson High School: 7:30 p.m. ceremony; doors open at 6:30 p.m. 

Sunday, June 17 (Thomas Wolfe Auditorium):
North Buncombe High School: 2 p.m. ceremony; doors open at 1 p.m.

 

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