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DHS graduation plans are coming along

Staff reports

The newly established Douglas High School graduation committee has had five meetings in an effort to improve and enhance the graduation ceremony, reports Tom Morgan, DHS vice principal.

The committee is comprised of students, 10 seniors and a junior, teachers, parents and administrators.

Morgan said the monthly meetings are already having an impact on the graduation ceremony, which has been moved from Friday evening to Saturday, June 16, at 1 a.m.

The committee anticipates less wind in the morning than in the afternoon and families willbe better able to gather at that time.

“Students have also responded to surveys and they have decided to stay with the traditional black gown, but are considering change as to how they process in,” Morgan said. “The early feedback indicates that students prefer to be in a random order and not organized alphabetically.”

The graduates will also sit in front of the stage instead of behind it. Committee members feel strongly that the program is for everybody, not just he guests in from out of town.

The Grad Night Party is set for Friday night, June 15, 5 p.m. to 1 a.m.

“The Douglas High School staff has also expressed a desire to be more actively involved in the ceremony. They will be doning robes as well and participating in the ceremony in a much more active way. The details of this are still being worked out, but look forward to extensive staff involvement,” Morgan said.

Currently under discussion is the program at graduation. Would students and parents like to have a guest speaker or continue the tradition of having students address the graduates or would they like to have a combination of both?

For more information, call Morgan at 782-5736.