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TS Andrea affects Bay area graduations, schools

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Seminole High School graduation ceremony

Due to weather conditions, Seminole High School's graduation ceremony scheduled for 7:30 p.m. tonight at Bright House Field has been cancelled. Information about a rescheduled ceremony will  be emailed as soon as it is available.

St. Petersburg High School graduation ceremony
The school is moving its graduation to Friday (June 7), at 9 a.m., on Stewart Field (at the school). If they are unable to get the graduation in on Friday morning due to weather the ceremony will be moved to the school auditorium with split sessions. The first session will start at 10 a.m., for students with the last name starting with A-J and 1 p.m. for students with the last name starting with K-Z.

Change to Lakewood High School graduation ceremony:
Lakewood High School will hold its graduation ceremony tonight (June 6) at 7 p.m. at the First Baptist Church, 1900 Gandy Blvd, St. Petersburg. All students are asked to report to First Baptist Church at 5:30 p.m. for a walkthrough practice. This will be a ceremony for the entire senior class together.

Manatee County School System
Manatee County Schools Superintendent Rick Mills has canceled all school district after-school activities for Thursday, June 6, 2013, due to Tropical Storm Andrea -- with the exception of after-school daycare programs.

Parents with students in after-school daycare programs should still pick their children up at the normal time. Parents should also note that Manatee District school buses could be running on a delayed basis due to the inclement weather. Please contact your child's school if you have any questions. If you have a question regarding school bus transportation, please call 782-1BUS (782-1287).

Stetson University College of Law
canceled classes at its main Gulfport campus at 1401 61st St. South and Tampa Law Center at 1700 N. Tampa St. until 5:30 p.m. Thursday, June 6.

Countryside High School graduation

Tropical Storm Andrea changed outdoor plans for Countryside High School seniors, who had to receive their diplomas inside the school's gym, instead of at Bright House Field.

John Zakhary a graduating senior said, "The gym is kind of like old school, not what I expected graduation would be, but you know it'll do."

The quick change in plans forced everyone to adjust in a hurry.

Parent Amanda Weiss said, "At 5:30 in the morning we were all texting and calling each other, as moms and trying to figure what the plan was cause originally they were told they had to go into the rain."

The principal at Countryside high, Gerald Schlereth, says he didn't want to change the school's graduation plans. but he says once the tropical storm started moving into the Bay area, he had no choice.

Schlereth said he monitored the storm all night, before making the call to move the graduation indoors.

"What I try to do is accommodate as much as I can, in conversations with some people from the district this morning we have to make a plan and put a plan in action, who knows when it is going to stop raining," said Schlereth 

But many of the students weren't happy to learn this morning that graduation was moved because of the storm, forcing school officials to divide the ceremonies into two, to accommodate all the students.

Senior Hollie Sterling said, "I was livid because you can't graduate with all our friends now we are separated we have been looking forward to this day for 12 years and now it is kind of ruined."

But for most of these graduates, they just want to move on.

Senior John Zakhary added, "I am just happy I am graduating in general... of course it would have been better in Bright House Field, but graduating anywhere would be fine, getting the diploma and we are done."

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