Dist. 203 Fine with Graduations

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Dist. 203 Fine with Graduations


Byline: Justin Kmitch jkmitch@dailyherald.com

The weather played tricks all week on Naperville Unit District 203 officials as they attempted to pin down the exact date and location of their high school graduations.

But after both commencements went off without a hitch Wednesday evening, no one is rushing to call for moving future ceremonies indoors.

"It's a valid question and one that we'll probably be asking again soon, but not today and not tomorrow," District 203 spokeswoman Susan Rice said Thursday. "But from what we gathered from last night's ceremonies, the kids had a great time, their parents had a great time and the wind had a great time. But no one got rained on."

Rice said the district surveyed parents and the community in the past five years about

their desire to have commencement ceremonies on their school's football field versus a neutral location such as College of DuPage where Indian Prairie Unit District 204 will hold its ceremonies.

"The response at the time was parents very strongly wanted the commencement to be at the school location, so that's what we've honored," Rice said. "I imagine we may be asking that question again, but we need to decide who we ask that question of and who makes the final decision."

If it were up to Naperville Central Principal Bill Wiesbrook, his first choice would always be to host the ceremony at the school where the students have invested at least the last four years.

"I understand weather is a variable, but my vote would be to keep it here because this is where they went to school and that stadium is where students performed, whether they were in PE class, on the football team or in the band," Wiesbrook said. "And aside from that, it's visually pretty here. There's something really striking and symbolic about our beautiful stadium packed with red caps and gowns and all the lights shining down on the students. …

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