Calhoun High graduation moved back to stadium after parents protest

Elena Watts By Elena Watts

April 15, 2014 at 3:05 p.m.
Updated April 14, 2014 at 11:15 p.m.

Calhoun High School graduates with lots of friends and family can relax.

Calhoun County school district Superintendent Billy Wiggins reversed Tuesday a decision to move the Calhoun High School graduation ceremony from the high school stadium to the auditorium.

Parents were upset because graduates would have been limited to six guests at the ceremony in the auditorium, Wiggins said. The school district would have provided a live feed in an overflow area to accommodate additional guests.

Students in the class of 2014 have strived for 12 years to have their special day, said Tiffany Butcher, parent of a graduate, in an email. They deserve to be recognized by their family and friends.

"How am I supposed to tell my smaller children they cannot attend this jubilant family moment because I do not have a ticket for them?" Butcher asked. "How do I tell grandparents that have followed their well-being and achievements throughout their lives that they cannot attend?"

Stadium renovations and additions, part of the $65 million bond issue that passed last fall, were initially scheduled to begin before the June 6 graduation ceremony.

"We were not going to hold graduation in the stadium because of construction timelines," Wiggins said. "There was no other venue large enough with seating where people could see."

The school district rebid stadium projects and learned Tuesday morning that the work could start June 9, the Monday after the ceremony, without affecting the Aug. 29 project completion date.

As in past years, the graduation ceremony will move to the high school auditorium in case of inclement weather.



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