Garner Cleveland Record

Garner High seniors march on Thursday

It seems almost unfair.

After 13 years of getting up early, braving the wind, rain, cold, hot and muggy conditions, Garner High School’s Class of 2013 won’t get to sleep in on graduation day.

Commencement ceremonies for the graduating class begin bright and early at 8 a.m. Thursday at the Raleigh Convention Center.

The Garner class will be among the last high schools in Wake County to hold commencement ceremonies. Only Apex High School will hold later commencement ceremonies than Garner.

For those who want to attend, there are a few rules to keep in mind.

•  Parking in downtown Raleigh can be tricky, so it might be a good idea to get there a little early. Public parking is available for a fee in marked lots near the convention center.

•  Admission to the graduation ceremonies is by ticket only, so don’t leave yours at home. Tickets are limited to a certain number per graduate.

•  Wake County schools will not allow guests to bring balloons, vases or other packages into the convention center.

The Garner High School class is one of 26 high schools holding graduation ceremonies that began last week and end tomorrow. All told, Wake County will graduate more than 8,000 high school students this year.