Early Graduations Difficult for Parents

It's an exciting day for many high school seniors today in Savannah: graduation day. But a few parents are having a hard time attending this milestone in their children's live. In past years, graduation times for Savannah-Chatham County public schools have been at 5pm and 8pm. But this year, they added an even earlier time. Some parents are complaining this new schedule makes it very hard for them to get the time off.

"If you can make it to this point here, it's a big accomplishment so it needs to be celebrated," parent Jimmie Bowen.

But what if some parents can't celebrate it?

"It's a little hard to get off," noted Bowen. "Maybe if it was a little later, they probably could have made it, but due to the time--three in the afternoon--it's very difficult."

This is the first year Savannah-Chatham County public schools have held high school graduations at 3pm, causing many parents to have to rearrange their work schedules, or not come at all.

"I'm a part time secretary, so I did have to take the day off," said Joy Gorgans.

But the Board of education says parents knew about the graduation date almost one year in advance. But Jimmie Bowen says he didn't.

"I was not aware of the time until I got the invitation in the mail, so I'm like, 'Whoa 3! That's going to be very difficult,'" he said.

Reported by: Hena Daniels, hdaniels@wtoc.com