Hendricks County Flyer, Avon, IN

March 17, 2011

Winter weather affects some graduation dates

By Courtney Essett

Hendricks County — The severe winter weather and storms that struck most of the state have impacted yet another facet of life for some county residents. This time, the weather’s backlash has changed the date some graduating seniors will receive their diplomas.

Of the county’s six public high schools, only two have had to push back their graduation dates due to the adverse weather: Avon and Plainfield.

While each school district has had to make up for weather related cancellations earlier in the year, some where able to squeeze those in without adding days to the end of the school year.

Brownsburg, Cascade, Danville and Tri-West high schools have not changed.

“We managed to get all of the student days in before the 27th,” said Donna Petraits, director of communications for the Brownsburg Community School Corporation.

Brownsburg, Danville and Cascade will all conduct commencement exercises on May 27, on their campuses. Tri-West High School seniors will graduate May 28 in the school gymnasium.

AvonHigh Schoolpushed its commencement ceremony back one day — from June 2 to June 3.

“We had a contingency plan when we made the calendar a year ago,” Avon Community School Corporation Superintendent Dr. Tim Ogle said.

Unlike the other schools, Avon’s graduation is off campus at the Indiana Convention Center, but they managed to avoid a conflict by having to change the date.

“We were very pleased that the convention center had flexibility within their schedule to move us back a day,” Ogle said.

PlainfieldHigh Schoolstudents were scheduled to receive their diplomas on May 28, but will now have to wait until June 4.

“We’ve obviously pushed back final exams,” Plainfield High School Principal Kellie Jacobs said. “We have an evening of distinction, which is our senior awards night, which is typically the Wednesday before commencement. That too has been rescheduled.”

Plainfieldschool administrators came up with a proactive plan for rescheduling graduation.

“For us, last winter during the 2009-10 school year, several schools were having some weather issues, so our superintendent (Scott Olinger) talked with the school board, talked it over with me, and at that time we made a provision in our calendar.”

Student make-up days are almost always built into a school district’s calendar to combat scheduling problems. For that reason, students will still be able to enjoy their commencement at the end of the spring and prepare for their next chapter — college, work, or military — by the fall.


Mark your calendar

Graduation dates:

AvonHigh School— June 3

BrownsburgHigh School— May 27

Cascade High School — May 27

DanvilleCommunity High School— May 27

PlainfieldHigh School— June 4

Tri-WestHigh School— May 28