The Dawson County High School Class of 2016 will bid a fond farewell to friends and teachers on Saturday when they walk across the stage at Tigers Stadium.
The May 21 graduation ceremony will begin at 8:30 a.m. and due to construction on the new fine arts center, parking will be more limited than normal.
"We are excited about the event," said Superintendent Damon Gibbs. "It is such a special even in the community."
This year 245 students will graduate and 84 of those are honor graduates. To be considered an honor graduate a student must have maintained a numeric average of 90 for all four years of high school.
This year's senior class garnered more than $245,000 in scholarship money and at the end of the first semester 131 students were eligible for the Hope Scholarship.
To be eligible for the Hope, a student must have maintained a minimum 3.0 grade point average throughout their high school career.
Saturday's ceremony is scheduled to last until 10:30 a.m. and students will hear from this year's valedictorian, Sarah Tinsley as well as their salutatorian, Dana Little. Superintendent Damon Gibbs will also address the graduates.
Administration is asking that people plan to carpool to the event due to the limited parking options. All students are asked to park behind the school at the athletic fields.
There will be general parking available in the two front parking lots, as well as on practice field No. 2. Robinson Elementary School will also be open for guest parking.
In the event of inclement weather, the ceremony will be moved indoors to the gymnasium and graduates will be allotted tickets.