DHS Graduation Postponed to Wednesday 6 p.m.

Weather forces change in plans, Grad Night to go on as scheduled

The Dixon High School graduation plans have been postponed due to weather causing safety issues. Standing water on the field, along with wet ramps and predicted thunderstorms convinced school officials to postpone graduation for a day with better weather forecast: Wednesday, 6 p.m. at the football stadium.

The good news:  Grad Night will still go on at the DHS gym. Stay tuned for further developments.

Bob Cannova June 04, 2011 at 07:07 PM
The decision to postpone the ceremony 30 minutes prior to he event demonstrates poor planning, and poor decsion making. Lessons we would not expect our school adminstrators to teach our children. Rather, the lesson the graduating class could have been taught would have included determnation, commitment, creative problem solving, adaptability, fortitude, and resilience. The ceremony could have been heldd elswhere, perhaps the fair grounds, or it could have been staggered and held in the gym. There no excuse for not having a cnotingency plan as the rain was forecast for several days. Apparently the problem was too hard for the school staff to solve and a bunch of kids are let down as a result. Not to mention the relatives that traveled from far away places to attend the event. I wonder how many kids will now not be able to attend becasue they made plans that they will stick with!
Wayne&Liz Haugen June 04, 2011 at 09:46 PM
Bob - I couldn't agree more!!! How dare DHS let down their students this way. They always said that there wasn't enough school pride -- Well, who WOULD have it now? Ugh. I am disgusted with the lack of planning that went into THE MOST ANTICIPATED EVENT OF THE YEAR.
Val June 04, 2011 at 11:49 PM
I completely agree with Bob. It was even published in the paper "RAIN or SHINE", no contingency plan. So even though we all knew that it was going to rain days before we still proceeded with planning parties and hosting out-of-town guests despite knowing how ridiculous and dangerous a gradation would be in the slippery rain.
Guy Cannova June 06, 2011 at 01:20 AM
The principle, or womever made the decision to postpone the ceremony, has a chance to salvage something good, and make the most from a bad situation. The lessons that can replace this demonstration of quitting in the face of adversity, are accountability and humility. By admitting the decision was a poor one, and by apologizing to the students, the parents, and the friends and relatives that came from out of town, the opportunity realized is a lesson in integrity. The notion that it's okay to make mistakes- we all do- will be reinforced. It's okay to make a mistake if we stand up and own it, and learn from it.
Shana Levine June 06, 2011 at 02:03 AM
I absolutely AGREE Guy....I would love to hear an apology. It would go along way to hear that the decision was a bad one and that in retrospect, they did not think through the very profound impact it had on our students, parents, and families involved. To hear and admission that it was the wrong thing to do would go far to settle the resentment that continues to permeate our feelings about the day.


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