Proud parents, grandparents, and family members will gather in Lafayette as early as Friday to begin celebrating the graduation of students from high schools in the parish. This year's graduation might seem as if it's coming a bit early. That's because it is. There was a scheduling conflict regarding use of the Cajundome that has moved high school graduation for Lafayette Parish up by about a week compared to recent years.

According to a story in the Daily Advertiser, here is when commencement ceremonies are scheduled for the high schools around the parish.

4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.     May 10, David Thibodaux graduation

7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.     May 10, Northside High graduation

8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.     May 11, Carencro High graduation

10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. May 11, Comeaux High graduation

2 p.m. to 4 p.m.          May 11, Lafayette High graduation

5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.     May 11, Acadiana High graduation

Despite the fact that graduation ceremonies have been moved up by several days the students will still receive their state-mandated amount of classroom time. That's because the Lafayette Parish School System has built-in "wiggle room" that allows for extra minutes of instruction to ensure that students meet state requirements for graduation.

Those students who are not graduating in Lafayette Parish will continue with classes and exams through May 23rd.