It’s graduation season for Lawrence Public Schools; here’s when and where to celebrate

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Lawrence Public Schools will celebrate the accomplishments of hundreds of graduating students with several upcoming ceremonies this week and next.

Between the district’s two largest high schools, nearly 750 students will get their diplomas next week.

Lawrence High School’s graduation is set for 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 23 at the LHS football stadium, west of the building at 1901 Louisiana St.

Seniors Inila Brave and Perrin Goulter will speak, according to district spokesperson Julie Boyle. The class includes approximately 340 Chesty Lions. American Sign Language and Spanish interpreters will be available.

In addition, Zach Saltz’s class, Room 308 Productions, will livestream the LHS ceremony at this YouTube link.

Free State High School’s graduation is set to begin at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 24 at the FSHS stadium, to the northwest of the school at 4700 Overland Drive.

There will be two student speakers, Soledad Edison and Wendo Kimori. This graduating class includes approximately 403 Firebirds, Boyle said.

“Free State will have golf carts to help transport guests challenged with walking long distances from the parking lots,” Boyle said via email. “Accessible parking spaces are located across the street from the football field ticket booths.”

In case of weather: The rain date for both high schools is Thursday, May 25 with the times to be determined.

Project Search graduation is set for 10 a.m. Thursday, May 18 in the Leadership and Legacy Room of district offices at 110 McDonald Drive. The program will celebrate adults ages 18-21 with exceptionalities who have learned job skills and completed internships at KU and LMH Health as they work toward employment, Boyle said.

Community Transition (C-Tran) Program graduation will be at 10 a.m. Friday, May 19, in the Leadership and Legacy Room at district offices. This year’s celebration includes five adults ages 18-21 with exceptionalities who have learned independent living and job skills, Boyle said.

Lawrence Virtual School will celebrate 125 graduates during a ceremony set for 1 p.m. Saturday, May 20 in the Free State High School auditorium.

Finally, the Adult Education and Alternative Programming graduates will celebrate at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 1 at the Lawrence College and Career Center gymnasium, 2910 Haskell Ave.

Project Graduation, an annual celebration hosted by parents and volunteers for all Lawrence high school seniors, is set for 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. Wednesday, May 24 at Abe and Jake’s Landing, 8 E. Sixth St.

Volunteers are still seeking more folks to help out. Those who are interested in helping can sign up via this SignUpGenius form.

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Note: This post has been corrected from a previous version.

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