The 2016 Delavan-Darien High School Graduation ceremony June 9 will be different than in years past.
It’ll be vastly shorter, too.
That’s because this year, the local scholarship awards portion of the event will be moved to a separate stand-alone ceremony, scheduled for 3-5 p.m. Sunday, June 5.
Both the Senior Scholarship Ceremony and the Graduation Ceremony will be held in the DDHS Main Gym, as decided by the graduates of the Class of 2016.
IF YOU GO
SENIOR SCHOLARSHIP CEREMONY:
When: 3 p.m. Sunday, June 5, DDHS East Gym
When: 6:30 p.m. Thursday, June 9, DDHS East Gym
“This puts the focus of graduation solely back on our graduates and the work they’ve put into 14 years of schooling,” Superintendent Robert Crist said. “The Sunday afternoon awards event will offer our scholarship recipients a chance to personally connect with and thank the many donors who support our local scholarship program.”
Students receiving one or more scholarships will be invited to the awards event, with their family and friends, where they will find out what award(s) they are receiving from local donors. Outside scholarships students receive will be announced, as well. A reception with refreshments will follow the awards presentations.
“I really see this as a win-win,” Crist said, noting that most other high schools have separate events. “When we had included scholarships, our past graduation ceremonies were nearly three hours long. That was not ideal nor was it comfortable for many in attendance, including many of the donors, students, elderly family members and young children who came to watch.
“I believe that by doing this our graduation event will be shortened significantly — to within an hour — giving families more time to celebrate with their students immediately following the ceremony.”
Award-winners and donors will still receive recognition at graduation by way of program inserts listing the awards. Both events will also be recorded and streamed live online, and included on DVDs made available to graduates following the end of the school year.
The changes were approved by both the Delavan-Darien Board of Education and Delavan-Darien Foundation Board of Directors.