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Pinellas student speaks out against indoor graduation



Thanks to the hazards of rain and rescheduling, six Pinellas high schools are moving their graduation ceremonies indoors this spring. Only Clearwater and Tarpon Springs are sticking with the outdoors.

For some at Lakewood and St. Pete Highs, the change was hard to swallow; both schools have held commencement on their football fields, a proud tradition. Now both will move their ceremonies into Tropicana Field.

Al Bennett and Bob Vicari, the principals at St. Pete and Lakewood respectively, both acknowledged that not everyone was happy with the decision to move indoors, although the weather forced their hands.

Now, a Lakewood High School student has penned an op-ed for the student newspaper criticizing the move from tradition. In the Nov. 13 article, "Don't let possible rain break tradition," Nia Cumberlander says students were only allowed to vote between two indoor options. 

"Probably the most important reason not to have the graduation at Tropicana is that it is much less intimate. Graduating in a stadium that holds tens of thousands of people with another school going on the stage right after you doesn’t compare to the close knit and private ceremony held at the students’ own school," Cumberlander wrote.

Cumberlander encouraged students and their parents to rally the school and show their displeasure. Read the full article here.

[Last modified: Tuesday, November 19, 2013 12:39pm]


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