Poll: What's the Best Plan for Watchung Hills Graduation?
With growing classes, choices get more difficult—but what do you think?
Watchung Hills Regional Vice Principal Patricia Toubin says planning for the school's next graduation begins the moment the last one ends.
That's because as the school has grown, it's become increasingly more challenging to plan for the possibility the cermeonies will have to be moved inside.
School officials have always planned to use Tozier Stadium for graduation, unless weather forces everyone inside—which has been the case more often than not in recent years.
Until recently, that hasn't been a problem since the school's gym could hold all of the graduates, their parents and siblings, maybe grandma, too—until new bleachers were installed that reduced seating. When thunderstorms forced ceremonies for the Class of 2011 inside, some parents were not able to join because the gym was overcrowded.
Last year, when high temperatures forced the ceremony inside, the school took a new tack: parents were seated in the Performing Arts Center, with graduates marching onto the stage from another room. Additional relatives and schoolmates could watch the ceremony on monitors placed in the north cafeteria.
While that worked well enough, the Class of 2013 is larger—so much so that each student could not be given the two tickets for their parents to sit in the PAC, if the ceremony is forced indoors.
Tuesday, the school's administrators presented an alternative vision: after checking on possible locations off campus and finding none either available or affordable, a plan for morning graduation was offered.
Under the proposal, school officials hope to avoid weather problems first and foremost by holding graduation at a time of day typically not affected by thunderstorms or uncomfortably high temperatures.
But should weather cause a problem, the plan also calls for splitting graduation in order to accomodate students and their parents in the PAC.
What do you think would work best? Take our poll and tell us what you think—if you have another idea, add it in the comments box below.