Anthony Cammarata Jr., now a freshman political science major at the University of Georgia in Athens, with his friends, formed the group, Help Us Stop the Harassment..
The goal of the group, he said, is to "organize the many opponents of the relocation" of the ceremonies.
The Cherokee County school board has been threatened with litigation by Americans United for the Separation of Church and State, a Washington, D.C.-based advocacy group, if the ceremonies aren't moved to a secular location. The board is expected to take a vote on the issue at its Jan. 20 meeting.
Cammarata said HUSH is collecting signatures on paper and online at www.hushcc.org to be presented to the school board.
"HUSH is dedicated to stopping the AU from bullying the school board into acquiescing to their demands," Cammarata said, noting he supports the use of the church as it offers "the necessary size and accommodations needed for a proper commencement ceremony" at a low cost.
He said HUSH opposes the AU's argument the use of a church violates the U.S. Constitution.
"Their argument simply holds no water," he said. "The AU is trying to completely destroy all religion in America, and they plan to do so by intimidating small localities with economic doom by instituting lawsuits to have the cities, towns and school boards vote to support their agenda."