Commack High School Changes Graduation Date to Avoid Excess Heat

The Class of 2014 will graduate June 27 at 5 p.m.

The class of 2014 will graduate two days earlier and at night to avoid excess heat, Commack High School announced Jan. 7. Photo by Amanda Lindner.
The class of 2014 will graduate two days earlier and at night to avoid excess heat, Commack High School announced Jan. 7. Photo by Amanda Lindner.
Commack High School seniors will graduate two days earlier than originally scheduled this year in order to address health concerns resulting from excess heat during daytime hours, Prinicpal Catherine D. Nolan announced on the District's website this week.

Graduation has been moved from Sunday, June 29 at 10 a.m. to Friday, June 27 at 5 p.m.

Nolan said that the change was made after receiving many concerns over the years regarding the late June temperatures. She said that in a widespread, online survey, parents of this year's seniors responded asking for a change to avoid the high temperatures.

"There was little doubt that the overwhelming majority (64 percent) of parents would like to move this ceremony to Friday evenings. Further, we consulted with the high school PTA, as well as various community religious leaders, each of whom supported the decision to move the ceremony to Friday in an effort to hold the ceremony in the evening when weather conditions might be less oppressive at that time of year," she wrote.

The ceremony will end sharply at 7 p.m. in order to respect the religious needs of the community, she added.

"We expect that this change of day and time will decrease the likelihood of health-related incidences due to the overwhelming heat typically experienced during the afternoon hours at that time of year," Nolan said.

The high school will also have a cooling station during the ceremony for family members who are medically compromised and free bottled water will be given to all attendees.

JERC January 14, 2014 at 10:45 AM
don't administrators know it's probably hotter @ 5pm than it is @ 10am in the summer??
Ed January 15, 2014 at 08:06 AM
What is next ? Will they make all the students wear cold packs under their gowns. And yes it is much hotter at 5pm than at 10am...
Jmm January 16, 2014 at 08:31 AM
I agree that they should move it to a cooler time of day because the heat is excessive, especially under the caps and gowns they have to sit baking under the sun in during the whole ceremony. I remember melting in a pool of sweat during my Commack graduation many years ago. You can't concentrate on or even enjoy the ceremony because it's so hot, you just want it to be over and done with. I think, though, that it would be better after sundown as it would be cooler out. I don't think that will be considered because parents will be too concerned that they won't be able to take good photographs at that time. However, with enough good lighting brought in, I think that could be fixed.
knee jerk February 03, 2014 at 07:38 AM
If it rains that evening will they be passing out free umbrellas? Of course at taxpayer expense.
MOM23 February 20, 2014 at 03:23 PM
Its about time they made this change. People have been asking for it for years. My son was 1pm in the afternoon on Sunday. Talk about heat!!! At that time the district came up with every excuse to not but it on Friday evening. Glad they finally got smart!!


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