VANCEBURG – Graduation for Lewis County High School seniors was set for June 1 by the Lewis County Board of Education at its meeting on Monday.
According to Superintendent Jamie Weddington, a poll of seniors at LCHS showed students were in favor of having graduation on a Friday instead of Saturday, 90 percent to 10 percent. Weddington said he is not in favor of graduating on the last day of school, which is a Wednesday.
“You could graduate on May 25 but the problems with that are number one, the seniors don’t get their diploma that night if you do it that way,” Weddington said. “If they came back on Tuesday or Wednesday, I don’t know what you’d do with them if they misbehaved.”
Weddington said diplomas cand not be given to students until the school year is over. He expressed concerns over having students come back to get their diploma after the school year with a May 25 graduation date.
“We would have handed them a blank thing and they would have to come back to get their diploma at some point,” Weddington said. “Then you get into a situation where some don’t come back to get it at all. What do you do with them?”
Weddington said that he felt the best solution was to graduate on Friday, June 1.
“It’s still within a reasonable amount of time,” Weddington said.
A parent at the meeting said it would be easier on people who are out of town due to it falling on Memorial Weekend.
The graduation will be held at the Lewis County Middle School gym at 7 p.m. on June 1.