NORTH CHARLESTON (WCSC) - In less than 12 hours, students from Ashley Ridge, Summerville, and Fort Dorchester High School were all set to walk the stage during their annual commencement ceremony.
Saturday, thousands filled the North Charleston Coliseum, as Dorchester District Two seniors closed the chapter on their high school careers.
Ashley Ridge started the day with its ceremony at 10 a.m., followed by Summerville at 2 p.m., and finally Fort Dorchester High School at 6 p.m. Saturday evening.
For Swamp Foxes senior James Williams, the ceremony was also an opportunity to honor his mother.
"My mom passed when I was nine," he said. "It's a really special moment for me to be able to graduate and do this for her."
Meanwhile, Williams' classmate and fellow graduate Alex Tosca admitted to a few graduation day jitters ahead of the ceremony.
"I'm nervous, but it feels good finally getting here and accomplishing all of it," he said.
To alleviate traffic and crowded parking conditions, district officials arranged for overflow parking at the Fire Museum on Centre Pointe Drive.
Families also had access to a shuttle service, between the parking area and coliseum, offered by Durham Bus services.