To recoup the costs of the graduation ceremonies at Burbank and Burroughs high schools, officials will now charge $10 per graduation ticket, beyond the handful of free tickets that seniors receive each year.
"We've had some years of cuts so the principals are looking at the growing costs of graduation," said Emilio Urioste, director of secondary education of Burbank Unified.
The extra tickets will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis. Burroughs seniors will continue to get five free tickets, while Burbank seniors will get four.
The costs to host the ceremonies are typically absorbed by each school's site funds, the student body groups and fundraising efforts.
For Burroughs High, the cost to hold its graduation at Memorial Field — where seniors have graduated from since 1949 – tallies about $8,700 to cover the chair rentals, printed programs, tickets and sound system.