AMARILLO, TX - Ensuring safety at high school graduations has prompted the Amarillo Independent School District to implement a new rule.
According to district officials, in the past few years, the civic center has been packed with attendees, so much so, that fire codes and crowd control have really become concerns.
"When it gets to the point that there are no more seats available, our ushers and security have to close the doors. People take time out of their schedules, some come from out of town and when they can't come it, they become upset, understandably." said Holly Shelton with AISD.
AISD tells NewsChannel 10, this year each graduate will be given ten tickets for whomever they want to come to the ceremony. If you don't have a ticket, you won't be allowed in to watch the graduation.
We're told between Caprock, Palo Duro and Tascosa high schools, up to 1000 people have been turned away each year at the Civic Center. Amarillo High School adopted this plan about ten years ago.