Better visibility, more seating for Lake Havasu High School’s graduation
There won’t be a bad viewing place in the house for friends and family during the commencement processional for 388 graduating seniors on Thursday, said Lake Havasu High School’s Principal Scott Becker.
The processional route for when the students walk on to the field has been changed. Previously, students filed in along the home side bleachers and then to their seats.
“With the new setup, the students will process in past the home side bleachers, along the temporary barrier on the field — people can stand in this area — and along the visitor side before taking their seats,” he said. “We are doing this to ensure that no matter where someone is seated or standing, they will be able to see their student up close as they walk in.”
The stage location for the ceremony at Lee Barnes Stadium also has been changed from years past.
“The stage will be set up so that the back of the stage will be to the scoreboard at the end of the field,” he said.
Several hundred more bleacher seats will be available for guests.
“In the past, we only had seating on the home side. Now we will have home side seating which seats 2,537 and the visitor side which seats 609,” Becker said.
Commencement begins at 7:30 p.m. It will be the inaugural graduation ceremony at the newly-renovated Lee Barnes Stadium. The $8 million overhaul was the most visible capital improvement project finished in late summer 2018 for the Lake Havasu Unified School District. For many in the Havasu community, the stadium is a source of pride and joy.
“We are extremely excited to be able to showcase the investment that our community so graciously blessed us with,” Becker said. “This opportunity is not only for LHHS but the community as a whole because of the number of visitors that come to graduation from out of town.”