Olentangy Valley News

Olentangy will give Sunday graduation a try

Conflicts with extracurriculars on Saturdays led to change

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The Olentangy Local School District's class of 2015 will graduate a day later in the week than the class of 2014.

At its meeting last Thursday, June 26, the district's school board supported the administration's decision to move the 2015 graduation day to Sunday, May 17.

The class of 2014 also graduated on May 17, but the date fell on a Saturday.

District officials said the change was made to accommodate students who may have extracurricular events on Saturday.

The district's three graduation ceremonies were held at 10 a.m., 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. this year.

Board member Julie Wagner Feasel said she was initially worried the 6 p.m. start time wouldn't work on a Sunday.

"My concern was that last graduation time on a Sunday because it's late (for) people traveling out of town," she said.

Even with concerns, Feasel said it was worth making to the change to benefit the district's students.

"If a student has to decide between playing in the lacrosse regional tournament versus going to graduation -- I don't want to put that student in that situation," she said.

Board President Kevin O'Brien said no graduation date is going to make everyone happy.

"We're never going to eliminate those conflicts," he said. "I think this is a way to try something different to see if it works better."

Feasel added that either day may coincide with the schedules of local institutions of higher learning, too.

"We're going to have conflicts with college graduations whether it's Saturday or Sunday," she said.

O'Brien said district officials would re-evaluate the issue next summer after seeing how the Sunday schedule works out.

Superintendent Wade Lucas said the district's administration wanted to make the decision before the school year started to give parents adequate time to plan their schedules around the ceremonies.

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