Archive for Tuesday, September 15, 2009

District seeks input on shifting graduation date

The Lawrence school district wants to gauge public opinion on graduation ceremony details.

September 15, 2009


Lawrence public school district administrators are looking to change the date of high school graduation, but they want to hear public input before the school board makes a final decision.

Right now, graduation ceremonies for both Lawrence and Free State High schools are scheduled for Sunday, May 30. But that’s two weeks after seniors take their last final. District officials are recommending the commencement be May 23.

“No one has thrown significant red flags in terms of the change,” Superintendent Rick Doll said.

The Kansas University commencement is May 16, another date the district wanted to avoid. District leaders are hoping by discussing the date change now, the people who would be going to see someone graduate have enough notice.

“We’re hoping that this is going to give everybody ample time to plan and prepare,” said Rick Gammill, special operations division director.

The district has also checked with Project Graduation organizers and high school administrators. There haven’t been any issues brought up, but the board and the district want public input on the change.

For now, the good-weather plan is to use the new outdoor athletic stadiums at each high school. The district is still working on an inclement-weather plan.

“It isn’t a done deal,” board member Mary Loveland said. “If we hear a negative reaction about it, we have to pause.”

People with concerns or ideas are asked to contact the high school principals or school board members. All contact information can be found on the district’s Web site,


ladymay 8 years, 9 months ago

That would have been nice when I was graduating. The sooner high school is officially over with, the better! Go for it.

Victoria 8 years, 9 months ago

Interesting they couldn't figure that out prior to initially setting the date for graduation, since the school calendars are determined a couple years in advance.

texburgh 8 years, 9 months ago

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Clickker 8 years, 9 months ago

Dr. Doll ( and I was told to address him as that in a meeting with him ) seems like a reasonable man. Lets give him a chance

mom_of_three 8 years, 9 months ago

testy, testy, testy, aren't we.

I would just suggest not Memorial Day. All for moving it up.

buddy2me 8 years, 9 months ago

I agree with Victoria. Since it was on the calendar we have already let family and friends know the date and some have already made plans to attend. Why are they looking at this now. School started a month ago!!

Deb Engstrom 8 years, 9 months ago

LHS students have graduated on the Sunday of Memorial Day weekend for a very long time. Most people expect it to be on that date. If it is changed, I'm glad parents, friends, and staff will have enough time to make arrangements.

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