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Suncoast schools are asking parents to keep noise to a minimum at graduation

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SARASOTA, FL (WWSB) -Graduation season is finally here for seniors on the Suncoast.

The first ceremonies will take place today in Sarasota and Manatee counties.

While families celebrate their young graduates success, schools are cracking down this year on distractions during graduation ceremonies.

Just last week, we heard about a South Carolina high school that threatened to fine families more than $1,000 for yelling for graduates.

Schools here on the Suncoast aren't going to this extreme, but they are asking parents and families to be courteous.

Spokespeople for both Sarasota and Manatee County School Districts say noise policies are set by the individual schools.

Sarasota County did say cheering was encouraged, but asked that families not be disruptive.

If families cause too much noise they could be asked to leave the ceremony.

ABC 7 spoke  to Autumn Snyder. She's one student who is graduating from Booker High School. 

She says excessive cheering may be a disruption, but she doesn't think families should be penalized.

Schools are asking parents and families not to bring bullhorns or cowbells.

The school district is also asking families not to shout and to keep clapping and cheering to a minimum.

This will help staff call each graduates name without having to do so over noise.

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