NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Parking for high school graduations at North Charleston coliseum won’t be the same as in past years.
According to officials with the Berkeley County and Dorchester District 2 School Districts, new construction at the coliseum will “drastically” reduce the amount of available parking. Tanger Outlets will also not offer overflow parking as has been the case in previous years.
Each district has announced separate plans to deal with parking issues.
Instead, each graduating senior in DD2 will receive two parking tags which entitles them to parking at the coliseum. Those without these parking tags will not be allowed in the coliseum lot.
Additional parking will be available at 3659 West Montague Avenue on the other side of I-526 from the coliseum. From there, a free shuttle bus will run from the parking area to the coliseum on May 25.
Times seniors need to be there for DD2 graduation on May 25:
- 7:15 a.m. for Fort Dorchester High School
- 12:15 p.m. for Ashley Ridge High School
- 5:15 p.m. for Summerville High School
Each graduating student will receive three parking passes to use and distribute. For those unable to get a parking pass, but still want to attend, there will be a free shuttle from the parking lot of the Charles Towne Square movie theater to the coliseum.
The shuttle service will begin one hour before each graduation and run for an hour following each ceremony.
Graduation times are as follows in the Berkeley County School District:
Thursday, May 30, 2019
Berkeley Middle College - 7 p.m. at Berkeley High School
Saturday, June 1, 2019
Stratford High - 10 a.m. at North Charleston Coliseum
Timberland High - 2 p.m. at North Charleston Coliseum
Cane Bay High - 6 p.m. at North Charleston Coliseum
Monday, June 3, 2019
Cross High - 7 p.m. at Cross High School
Tuesday, June 4, 2019
Hanahan High - 11:30 a.m. at North Charleston Coliseum
Goose Creek High - 3:30 p.m. at North Charleston Coliseum
Berkeley High - 7:30 p.m. at North Charleston Coliseum
Thursday, June 20, 2019
Adult Education - 4 p.m. at Cane Bay High School
Monday, August 12, 2019
Summer Graduation - 5:30 p.m. at Stratford High School
The Charleston County School District released the following statement about the parking situation at the Coliseum for graduations:
Due to the construction of a parking deck at the North Charleston Coliseum property, there will ONLY be a maximum of 1700 parking passes at any given time for ALL of the PAC and the Coliseum. If your family or friends do not have a ticket for the North Charleston Coliseum or PAC parking lot, and cannot find a place to park near the Coliseum or PAC (space is limited due to the construction of a new parking garage there), Charleston County School District is providing a space for overflow parking.
It is located near the corner of Montague Avenue and Dorchester Road; the entrance to the lot will be off of Montague, across the street from Thrifty Car Rental. Signs directing traffic to the site will be located along International Boulevard and Montague Avenue. Volunteer attendants will be on site to direct parking, and multiple shuttles will run on a regular basis (about every 15 minutes) to transport everyone who parks there to the Coliseum, and back to the parking lot when the ceremony is over.
This lot and shuttles will be set up to start at least one hour before each graduation ceremony that would require overflow parking. The shuttles will continue for one hour after each ceremony is complete that would require overflow parking. There will be handicapped accessible transportation.
A schedule of Charleston County School District graduations can be found here.