Jerry Smith

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grad­u­a­tion cer­e­monies out­side on their foot­ball fields. That is the most fea­si­ble place to con­duct the event; it makes pos­si­ble space for all who want to at­tend.

There is a chance taken in the out­side plan: the threat of rain is a con­stant threat. That threat de­mands a con­tin­gency plan in­volv­ing set­ting up fa­cil­i­ties in­side. That in­volves work no one sees. I go back in my years of coach­ing foot­ball and opened up with Dal­ton each year. Dal­ton was the “boy dog” in North Ge­or­gia at that time. One grad­u­a­tion night, the fac­ulty and staff was lined up ready to march into the sta­dium and there was a grim threat of rain. Dr. Harold Hughes, Cal­houn’s Prin­ci­pal at that time, came by me and touched my arm and said, “Coach Smith, this is my Dal­ton.” I knew what he meant. We did get to con­duct the cer­e­mony on the field.

If I am in­formed cor­rectly, all three schools con­ducted their grad­u­a­tion ex­er­cises on their foot­ball fields. There are some dis­trac­tions of­ten char­ac­ter­is­tic of grad­u­a­tion that re­flects greatly on the re­fine­ment of some: The hol­ler­ing and whoop­ing when a spe­cific name is called is not rep­re­sen­ta­tive of a cul­tured au­di­ence and casts a neg­a­tive re­flec­tion on the stu­dent, the noise maker, and the com­mu­nity. Also, any­one leav­ing the stands af­ter early names are called and be­fore

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