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Cicero-North Syracuse forced to move graduation ceremony

— Thanks to a mysterious booking change at the Onondaga County War Memorial, Cicero-North Syracuse High School has had to change the date and location of its 2014 graduation ceremony.

The ceremony, originally scheduled for the evening of Friday, June 27, at the War Memorial, will now take place at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 28 at the SRC Arena at Onondaga Community College.

The Onondaga County War Memorial notified the district that they were canceling all events during the weekend of June 27.

C-NS got the news shortly before Christmas break, according to C-NS Executive Principal Melissa Julian.

“They called us, and the way they explained it to us was that they had a group coming in or an event taking place over multiple days, so anyone scheduled that weekend — Thursday, Friday, Saturday or Sunday — had to move,” Julian said.

Julian said she didn’t know the nature of the group or event that preempted their booking, and the staff at the Onondaga County War Memorial isn’t talking. Representatives from the OnCenter’s booking office, which handles the scheduling for the War Memorial, did not return calls requesting comment, but other employees in the building they were not aware of any events scheduled for the last weekend in June. The OnCenter’s online calendar doesn’t list any events later than June 22.

North Syracuse wasn’t the only school left in limbo. All of the Syracuse city high schools will be forced to move their ceremonies, which are currently scheduled throughout the weekend. Liverpool also holds its ceremony at the War Memorial; however, their event is already set to be held the previous Saturday, June 21.

The move certainly created a headache for C-NS, which had to scramble to find a new location for graduation ceremonies for its approximately 700 students. The staff at the OnCenter offered a couple of solutions, Julian said, but they weren’t workable for the school.

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