Dundee class will finish a day early
DUNDEE--The members of the Dundee class of 2015 will be celebrating their graduation one day sooner than most New York high school seniors this year. The Dundee graduation ceremony will take place Thursday, June 25, instead of the traditional Friday date. The change was made to not only avoid conflict with graduations in nearby school districts that will be holding their graduations Friday, June 26, but also to make things easier on students and families.
"We recognized many of the surrounding schools also held their graduations on Friday, so by moving ours to Thursday, we thought it would alleviate some of the pressure on students and residents," said Dundee Superintendent Kelly Houck. "Studies also show there is a greater chance of at-risk behavior to occur on a Friday night than a Thursday night. If that is an added benefit, we will take it."
The school board voted to change the graduation date back in August of 2014. Houck believes with the change being made so far in advance, it gave friends and family from out of town ample time to prepare for the switch. According to Houck, the students responded positively to the date change, as it makes it easier to plan parties and other graduation related events throughout that weekend.
She pointed out class advisors and representatives were consulted prior to making this decision, adding she has not heard many negative opinions about the change. Houck hopes there will be a larger turnout at this year's graduation due to the date change, as now residents will not have to choose which ceremony to attend.
The annual baccalaureate service will also be moved back a day to Wednesday, June 24 at 7 p.m. in the Dundee Baptist Church. The time and the location of the graduation ceremony will remain the same as previous year, starting at 6 p.m. in front of the school. The ceremony will be held inside the gymnasium in the event of bad weather.
The school also recently recognized Madeleine Fenton and Brianna Dykes as the class of 2015 valedictorian and salutatorian. Fenton plans on attending Colombia College to major in mathematics, while Dykes plans to attend Keuka College to major in biochemistry. They will both be speaking at the graduation ceremony.
CORRECTION--In the Wednesday, May 27, issue of The Observer, the story titled "Dundee class will finish a day early," the graduation date is incorrectly listed as Thursday, June 27. The correct date of graduation is Thursday, June 25 at 6 p.m. Friday, June 26, was also incorrectly listed as Friday, June 28 in the story.