CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - On Thursday more than 850 Wando High School students will get their diplomas at the North Charleston Coliseum.
That graduation is scheduled to start at 3:30 p.m., but school administrators are asking families to get there one to two hours ahead of time. There are several parking lots in the area of the venue, but organizers have asked students and families to carpool if possible.
Meanwhile parents are also preparing for the big day, most realizing it could be a long ceremony.
"We've been laughing about how her last name ends in a Z," parent Sabrina Burrell says. "I was going to bring my lunch, blanket, and just camp out and be patient. It's going to be a great day.
This isn't the first time Burrell has been through a long graduation. Her son graduated from a school in Los Angeles last year.
"It was a three-and-a-half-hour graduation. We were all just sitting around being patient, passing out granola bars, and water," she said.
There are no set number of tickets so it's all first come first serve.
It looks like the numbers could keep increasing into next year. Some students at Wando say the upcoming junior and senior classes are already pretty big.
"It's really growing. There's so much positiveness about the school and what it's done for the students. I'm really fortunate and blessed by it," Burrell said.
Administrators say things should go smoothly if families come prepared.
Other schools in CCSD are also tallying numbers for graduation. James Island Charter School and R.B. Stall High school stand at 325 and 204 respectively.