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Here’s when and where Dawson County High School will hold graduation this year
Graduates walk across the football field at the high school at the beginning of the 2020 ceremony. - photo by Erica Jones

After more than a year of health and safety precautions and a delayed 2020 graduation ceremony, Dawson County High School will return to a new sense of normal later this month to celebrate hundreds of local graduates from the class of 2021.  

DCHS will hold its official graduation ceremony this year on Thursday, May 27 at 7 p.m., school officials said. 

Graduation Coach Stefanie Gibbs said that this year, the ceremony will be held on the Dawson County High School football field instead of at the convocation center at the University of North Georgia, a decision that was reportedly made by students graduating this year. 

“The senior class elected not to go to UNG this year because they were going to severely limit capacity, so they talked to their classmates and decided to have it here,” Gibbs said. “So it’s on the field, here at Tiger Stadium and I think it’s the first night-time outdoor one we’ve had. This’ll be under the lights.” 

According to Gibbs, in past years the school’s graduation ceremonies have been huge community events, and while this year’s ceremony will be scaled back from those in previous years, it will still be much closer to normal than the ceremony held for the class of 2020. 

“We had to scale it back a little bit but I think we’ll fill the stadium for sure,” she said. “I’m trying to get us to capacity and not over capacity.” 

Graduates will each receive 10 tickets so friends and family can attend the ceremony. 

Look for your graduate’s photo and name in the Dawson County News 2021 Graduation Keepsake edition which publishes May 26, 2021.