LOGAN — The time for congratulating Logan High School seniors is near as the graduation ceremony will be held at 8 p.m. Friday at Chieftain Stadium.

This year, 254 students will receive their diplomas. Of the 254, 46 graduates will receive the Ohio Academic Award of Merit and 31 will receive a diploma with honors.

This is the first year the ceremony will be taking place on a Friday since being held on the Sunday of Memorial Day weekend for the past couple of years. According to Logan-Hocking School District Superintendent Steve Stirn, the district originally implemented the change to accommodate athletes and parents who have trouble making it back from sporting events in time for the Friday ceremony.

However, the weather for the Sunday afternoon ceremony was not always cooperative. The temperature was scorching for the 2010 ceremony and some people suffered from heat exhaustion, forcing them to leave early. After a survey of the community, the district decided to move the ceremony back to Friday.

Weather cooperating, Friday’s ceremony will be held at Chieftain Stadium, which can accommodate more than 3,000 people. Should there be inclement weather, the ceremony will move to the Jim Myers Gymnasium. Each senior will be issued seven tickets for the indoor ceremony and tickets will be collected at the door. Televisions will be set up in the cafeteria to accommodate any overflow crowd. Seniors must report to the high school theater by 6:30 p.m. Friday to prepare for graduation.

The high school parking lot opens at 5:30 p.m. for event parking and visitors can be seated in the stadium beginning at 6 p.m. Overflow parking will be available at the Logan-Hocking Middle School with shuttle services starting at 6 p.m.

Speeches for this year’s ceremony will be given by the following students: Mariah Moss, invocation; Salutatorian Taylor Reichling, welcome; Valedictorian Quinn Hosler, class address; Kris Cummings, farewell; and Morgan Reed, benediction.