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Why did the high schools hold commencement earlier this year than last year?

According to Julie Boyle, director of communications for the Lawrence public schools, there was a desire to move the high school graduation ceremonies away from Memorial Day weekend, which was a week after the end of the school year and more than two weeks after seniors completed classes. Since the district uses Kansas University's facilities, the date could not conflict with the university's commencement on May 23.

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