By Mary O’KEEFE
For the very first time in the school’s history, Crescenta Valley High School’s graduation ceremony will be held at – Crescenta Valley High School.
“Graduation is at CVHS,” announced Lisa Reed, assistant principal, at senior information night on Tuesday.
“It’s been hard,” she said of trying to find another graduation venue.
For years, the CVHS graduation ceremony was held at Stengel Field, but the city of Glendale had determined the field was not safe for the large number of those who attend the graduation. Last year, the ceremony was held at Glendale Community College, but this year graduation day landed on finals week for the college. College officials were concerned about the chaos the ceremony would cause the student body; therefore the GCC stadium was not available.
A committee was formed to investigate a new graduation location. Reed said they looked at several venues, including Glendale High School, however that suggestion was not popular.
“We [contacted] a lot of places,” she said.
They had originally looked at CVHS as an alternative, but the cost of bringing in stadium seating like that at the Rose Parade seemed too expensive.
Then the students made a video singing the praises of their school and why it was important to the student body to have their graduation at their school. Reed said that video was impressive and together they found a way to make it work.
“We want to start a new tradition,” Reed said.
Graduation is on June 4 at 5:30 p.m.