Los Banos, Pacheco graduations: Same night, same time

2 high school ceremonies means 1 Sober celebration

By Corey Pride / Cpride@losbanosenterprise.comDecember 21, 2012 

Los Banos and Pacheco high schools will hold simultaneous graduations at their respective campuses.

Pacheco High School, which opened in 2010, is graduating its first class in June. The district originally planned for the two graduations to take place June 7, with one at 5 and the other at 8 p.m. Thanks to a recent school board vote, both schools are now slated to hold commencement at 8 p.m. June 7.

Pacheco High Principal Brett Lee, whose school's graduation was pushed back three hours, is relieved.

"It'll work out nicely. For me, the main concern that brought up the issue was the heat," Lee said. "You're bringing in families, grandmothers; and it's too hot."

During the summer in Los Banos, the hottest time of day is typically between 4 and 6 p.m.

Leading up to the decision, Los Banos High Principal Ryan Hartsoch came up with four options for graduations. The three that were not chosen included leaving the original plan in place; having one school hold its ceremony in the morning and the other at 8 p.m.; and having one school graduate June 6 at 8 p.m. and the other on June 7 at the same time.

The plan that was chosen may force some families to pick which graduation to attend, but Lee said he doesn't believe it will have a major impact.

"I don't know if there are families at all that would have a child in both schools who would graduate the same (year)," Lee said.

Holding the ceremonies on the same day allows the district to have one Sober Graduation event. There was some worry that fewer graduates would attend the event if the graduations were held at separate times.

Hartsoch said he's happy with the decision.

"I don't think there's going to be any issue. I think it's going to be a great night all around for Los Banos," Hartsoch said.

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