Stagg Graduates Rally for 'Do Over' Ceremony

Weather forced the district to move the school's May 20 graduation ceremony indoors, and students felt they were not given the pleasure of a well-planned celebration.

Recent Stagg graduates disappointed with a ceremony moved indoors during inclement weather aired their concerns online—and moved the district to do something about it.

Graduates started a change.org petition, along with a Facebook group urging administrators to give them "a positive and formal memory that launched us into the world." And it worked.

Following the students' concerns about the May 20 ceremony, District 230 administrators issued a survey to graduates' families over the weekend, asking for feedback on the event and if an additional ceremony would be preferred. After fielding responses, the district decided to hold a supplementary ceremony, set for Saturday, May 31 at 10 a.m. 

The ceremony will be held in the school's north gym, with a video stream to spillover audience in a separate gym. 

"We wanted to make sure we gave them a good memory of their last days as Chargers, which is why we sent the survey," said District 230 Director of Communications Carla Erdey. 

In the petition for a new ceremony, students blamed the district for lack of planning to accommodate inclement weather threatening the original outdoor ceremony, but that wasn't the case, Erdey said.

The district had been monitoring radar and weather reports prior to the ceremony—even turning to air traffic controllers for guidance—all indicating the storm would move through after the ceremony. 

But the weather struck sooner than planned, with lightning forcing the call to move the ceremony indoors. 

"It can’t all happen in a minute's notice," Erdey said. " We moved 4,000 people into the building, went with 'Plan C.'

"The ceremony was not the one we wanted [for them]."

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Just sayin May 29, 2014 at 05:04 PM
I don't disagree--what's done is done. My complaint is with the administration for putting up with all of the screamers, bull horn blowers and the general rude behavior of some of the audience members. Based on your comment, this is a regular occurrence! You've got to be kidding me. Everyone has a kid up there they are trying to celebrate with and watch cross that stage. They need to put an end to it once it starts. Eject anyone who disrupts the ceremony so rudely! I bet most families would contribute extra $$$ to hire security to throw these people out on their ass!! So sick of people who have ZERO respect or consideration for others!
Carol May 31, 2014 at 09:32 AM
It did not take a weather expert to see that storm was coming fast. They should have used indoors from the start.
Matt Aggen June 03, 2014 at 09:53 AM
BULLHORNS? That is outrageous. That kind of behavior should be banned.
Mom Oftwo June 04, 2014 at 11:08 PM
So I am curious, how did the do-over work out?
Linda June 11, 2014 at 03:25 PM
Since you seem to be concerned let me set you straight.The reason the students and parents requested this is because many parents were unable to see their child graduate. The ceremony started outdoors and once the bad wether hit the crowd was moved indoors where the gym was not set up. After an hour of waiting they decided to proceed with the ceremony indoors but chairs needed to be set up. The gym was packed with everyone from outdoors. Not just the 2 or 3 from each family had it been initially started inside. Therefore some families were not allowed in the gym and did not see their child receive their diploma. The graduates were also not allowed in the gym and therefore did not see their friends graduate or hear speeches. I assume when this happened at Andrew they were prepared and set up ahead of the ceremony. This was no fault of the administration they did what they could with a bad situation, but I feel everyone involved had every reason to be upset. Don't tell me that if this happened at Andrew you would not be upset. So before you place judgement and refer to anyone as dry babies check the facts.


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