Berlin High School graduation set for Father's Day, June 18

Published on Tuesday, 11 April 2017 21:29
Written by Charles Paullin

Staff Writer

BERLIN - High School seniors in town now know the date of when they can toss their caps into the air and begin the next chapter of their life.

At the regular Board of Education meeting on March 27, the board moved to set the Berlin High School graduation date for Sunday, June 18. The date falls on Father’s Day, on which the ceremony has been traditionally held.

The date will follow the completion of 180 school days for the seniors, a requirement for graduation, which will occur the Friday before, June 16.

In the case of an unplanned event, such as a storm, and 180 school days for seniors aren’t attended by June 18, Superintendent of Schools David Erwin explained the June 18 date can still be upheld.

The ceremony will be held in Welte Hall at Central Connecticut State University and begin at 1:30 p.m.

The location of the ceremony was a topic of debate in the fall of last year when the board decided to move it to Gibney Gymnasium inside the High School and on the last day of the school year, in an effort to show off the new high school and allow more family members to attend. After public outcry over the lack of padded backed seats and the gymnasium not fitting the dignified nature of the ceremony, the board decided to reverse their decision and hold the ceremony on Welte Hall.

The last day of school for all students is scheduled for June 21. Erwin also explained during the meeting the district may ask the board to forgive some days that were added to the calendar to make up for snow days, but don’t plan to do so until the end of April.

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Posted in New Britain Herald, Berlin, New Britain on Tuesday, 11 April 2017 21:29. Updated: Tuesday, 11 April 2017 21:31.