In response the Mr. Walchle's letter about graduation conflicts with sporting events, I agree to some extent, having fought this issue for years while coaching track. The state track championships alternate between Friday and Saturday night the first weekend in June for the boys and girls. Depending on the luck of the draw as a senior, you may or may not have a conflict. Most schools have their graduation ceremonies on Sunday, which solves the problem.
Southwest Allen County Schools has the graduation on Saturday, thus the conflicts. When I asked about switching to a Sunday, the normal response was “it didn't impact that many students.” This year it hit, softball, baseball and track, which was about 15 athletes. While that is a small percentage in a class of 600, the problem could be adverted by moving the day to Sunday. “We can't get the facility, or most people won't travel on a Sunday to graduation” were the other responses I often received. How about trying again to switch the date to accommodate those students that are representing their school all season, and deserve to walk across the stage and still participate!!
Dick Shenfeld, Homestead track coach 1976-2007