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Cicero-North Syracuse forced to move graduation ceremony

— “They did give us a couple of options,” she said. “They said we could move our graduation to the week before, but we’re still giving assessments then. They said we could do it that Wednesday night [June 26], but, again, we’re still giving assessments, and also, a Wednesday night is not ideal.”

So the staff had to look at moving to a different locale, which, given the size of the graduating class — the largest outside of the city schools — was no easy task.

“For us, our size eliminates a lot of places,” Julian said. “We considered the [Carrier] Dome, but that never would have flown. So we had to look at where we could go that would accommodate us.”

Fortunately, it only took one phone call.

“The first place we called was SRC Arena,” Julian said. “They got right back to us and told us they had Saturday open all day.”

That does mean the date of the ceremony will change; C-NS typically holds its commencement ceremonies on Friday night. But rather than continue to search out a place that could accommodate both the time and the crowd, the school opted to take the date available.

Julian said she wasn’t sure what would happen in the future. She said it was possible C-NS would return to the War Memorial for the 2015 graduation ceremony, though the school might stay at SRC.

“We don’t want to close any doors,” Julian said. “We’re keeping our judgment open until we go through the first year. We’ll see how it goes.”

Julian acknowledged that SRC offers some advantages over the War Memorial, such as ample free parking, while the distance from the high school presents something of a disadvantage.

“Anything is within the realm of possibility,” she said.

Other changes may be in store for students and their families, as well. Julian said that in the past, students received a block of eight tickets for graduation to hand out to family and friends, with the ability to ask for more. However, that number may change this year.

“We’re not really sure at this point,” Julian said. “We don’t know how they can lay it out for us in terms of the floor. We know it will be less than 1,000 people, but how much less, we don’t know.”

Julian said more information will be forthcoming as graduation approaches. To stay updated, visit nscsd.org.

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