Voice of the people for May 29

May 28, 2014 

Graduation coming up

On behalf of York County school districts 1, 2, 3, and 4: Since 1998 the four school districts of York County have worked together to provide the best possible climate for our high school graduation ceremonies. Superintendents, principals, teachers, parents, and students have helped establish, revise, and improve our commencement procedures. We believe that all graduates deserve a ceremony and environment which honor the significance of their achievements.

Because all four school districts use the Winthrop Coliseum for graduation ceremonies, we have agreed to a set of common expectations and guidelines:

• Admission to the ceremony is by ticket only

• Spectators should dress appropriately (no shorts, t-shirts, hats, or tank-tops)

• Spectators should not leave their seats to take pictures during the ceremony

• Spectators should not clap, shout, or stand until all graduates have crossed the stage

To help us ensure a safe, orderly, and dignified ceremony, uniformed members of the Rock Hill Police Department and the Winthrop University Police Department will be on duty for all of our high school graduation ceremonies. These officers will remove, and possibly charge, disruptive spectators who ignore the guidelines above.

Our goal is not to discourage the joy of the occasion; our goal is to recognize hundreds of students in the most dignified and efficient way possible. Graduation from high school is an important milestone for the seniors, their families, and each school.

We believe that maintaining decorum while honoring these graduates is important and appropriate.

There has been tremendous community support for these guidelines in past years. Thank you to all of the families, friends, and other spectators who respected these guidelines and allowed each name to be heard. We look forward to seeing many of you again at this year’s ceremonies.

Mark S. Hopkins, Ph.D.


Clover High School

Christi Cox is capable

A very capable, lifelong resident of our area wants to make a difference by serving on the York County Council.

Christi Cox graduated from Rock Hill High School with honors, earned a summa cum laude degree from the University of South Carolina and finished law school at the top of her class. The lady is blessed with intelligence that she combines with loads of common sense.

Christi has three loving, well-mannered children and a very supportive husband. She is energetic, pleasant and always prepared to tackle the tasks she accepts.

When the people of District 5 elect Christi Cox as their council representative, they will have an effective spokesperson who will make sound decisions based on thorough investigation and conscientious study.

These qualities, along with Christi’s effective leadership style and ability, will benefit everybody in the county.

Christi Cox, member, York County Council, makes sense.

Linda D. Williams

Charles “Chick” Williams

Rock Hill

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