Horry County high school graduation ceremony ticketing system a hassle for some, no problem for others

High school graduations are a cause for celebration in most households, but for some big families, the fight over who gets to attend the ceremony is no party.

All Horry County high schools use a ticketing system to determine the number of people each graduate can invite to the ceremony, according to Teal Harding, district spokeswoman. All graduations are planned and managed at the school level, not by the district, Harding said.

Conway High School – which had more than 250 graduates – worked with the HTC Center at Coastal Carolina University to calculate the number of tickets each graduate received, according to principal Steven Fitch. Conway seniors each had seven tickets to graduation this year.

“What we have we give out,” Fitch said. “We have to do it this way to make sure we have enough seats for everyone.”