Rainy forecast forces Whiteville High graduation inside Saturday with limited tickets


WHITEVILLE, NC (WWAY) — Despite the region still being in a moderate drought, the threat of rain this weekend is forcing an area high school to change the location for graduation.

According to a news release, due to the high probability of rain and thunderstorms forecast for Saturday, the Whiteville City Schools Class of 2019 graduation will be held at the Whiteville High School Gymnasium. It had been planned for Legion Stadium.

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Graduation will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday.

Superintendent Kenny Garland says each graduate will receive six tickets to distribute to family/friends. The tickets will be distributed to graduates at practice Friday at 9 a.m.

Garland says if the gymnasium is filled to capacity seating, the Bowers Auditorium will be open to a live, closed-captioned feed for guest to view the ceremony.