Area school districts, after getting some relief for missed days this school year, have set their graduation dates. And all area ceremonies will be on the same day at about the same time.
Barren County High School announced Wednesday afternoon that its graduation will be 7:30 p.m. May 30. Prior to that announcement, the BCHS graduation was also scheduled for May 29.
Glasgow High School and Metcalfe County High School have set their graduations for May 29, while the board of education for Caverna schools is expected to approve the same date for its high school’s graduation.
The CIS board meets Thursday to finalize the date, said superintendent Dr. Sam Dick.
Monroe County’s graduation will be finalized during its district’s board meeting Thursday, superintendent Lewis Carter said. Carter said it is possible the school will have an outside ceremony for the first time in more than 30 years.
Barren County principal Steve Riley said his school decided to move its graduation night because of the significant inconvenience to those who may have family attending more than one school district.
“There are so many grandparents and family that have so many children in each of the schools,” Riley said.
When the Kentucky General Assembly finally passed snow days relief legislation at the end of March, districts that had missed more than 10 days during the school year could set the final day for students.
Typically, Riley said, the last day for students is also the day when graduation ceremonies are conducted.
Barren and Metcalfe districts were holding on the passage of the legislation and, therefore, were unable to know for certain when the last day for students could be.
Riley said once the last day was known, they followed what historically had been the way to determine when graduation should be.
“I think Caverna and Glasgow knew when their graduation would be for some time,” Riley said.
Glasgow Superintendent Sean Howard said in an e-mail the discussions regarding the graduation day for GHS students began after the first week of March. The May 29 date is still pending board approval.
Riley said there were some comments received about Barren’s graduation being on the same night as all other area graduations.
“It was in a majority of people’s best interest to change our graduation night,” Riley said. “We had to look at which evening would inconvenience the least number of people.”
Most school years because of the way each district’s calendars work, graduations do not land on the same night, he said.
“It just doesn’t work that way,” Riley said. “This was like the perfect storm.”
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