Graduation season is here, and high school seniors will accept their diplomas this week.

Expecting a crowd that could top 2,000 people, Half Moon Bay High School is banking on an afternoon of good weather for its outdoor graduation ceremony at the football field. The event officially starts at 6 p.m. on Thursday, but parents and relatives can take their seats as early as 4:30 p.m. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Each student is being given four tickets to the graduation ceremony, ticket that they can dole out to their families and friends. Others who wish to attend can buy more tickets at the door for $10 apiece. School officials say that the money will go to defray the costs of putting on the event.

Parking is always a problem at the graduation ceremonies. Families can try their luck at getting one of the limited spots in the school’s parking lot, or, for the first time, they can park down the hill at a vacant grassy field just north of Lewis Foster Drive.

The ceremony is expected to last about two hours, including several student speeches, music and the naming of the graduates. Some light refreshments will be offered after the ceremony at the field behind the school library.

On the South Coast, about 350 people are anticipated to come out for the Pescadero High School graduation. The ceremony is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Friday at the school’s gymnasium.

Each graduating senior is allowed five tickets for reserved seating that they can give out to family members. Any additional relatives who want to attend can grab a seat on a first-come, first-served basis.

The event is expected to take about two hours. The junior class is organizing cake and punch for after the ceremony.

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