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Administration changes graduation date

Janie Gleaves

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As the community gushes over the new traditions coming to the football program this year, another exciting change has somewhat flown below the radar. In an email sent to senior parents, Principal Joe Hansen announced that graduation would be changed from a Friday night to a Sunday. Mr. Hansen said that the idea was brought to his attention by the BCHS leadership team.

For years, graduation was celebrated on a Sunday. However, in 2014, graduation weekend and Memorial Day weekend fell at the same time. To avoid any Memorial Day conflicts, graduation was moved from Sunday to Friday night. Now, after four years, the date is being changed back.

“In the end I believe a Sunday graduation will position us to have 100 percent participation of all seniors for many years to come. To have all Trojans be able to participate in this beautiful ceremony is my ultimate goal,” said Mr. Hansen

This past year, the Class of 2018 was missing two of their members at graduation due to rugby nationals. Royal Irish Rugby is one of the most successful high school rugby programs in the country, with National Championship titles from 2012, 2014, 2015 and 2017. With such a record, one can understand why rugby might be the top priority. “I wasn’t upset about missing graduation at all. Nationals is the most important event for me in high school because it’s what our team had been training for for the entire previous four years,” said Gabe O’Hara (‘18). The rugby players had their own makeshift ceremony with their families and team.

However, O’Hara does see how a Sunday graduation will benefit those involved. “I could see a parent not letting an athlete go to Nationals because they think graduation is more important. This [Sunday graduation] would prevent that from happening.”

A Sunday graduation allows for the best of both worlds.

Senior Alysa Guffey said, “Everyone should be able to attend graduation to celebrate four really important years of their lives. It’s also the last time you get to be together as a class. Having graduation moved to a Sunday has lots of rewards and no prominent negatives, so I think it’s a great thing.” 

Baccalaureate Mass is scheduled for May 16 and Graduation will be May 19. Both activities are at BCHS.