CVHS administration has made the decision to require tickets for admission to the class of 2017 graduation ceremony on June 8. This policy was implemented because of overcrowding in the stadium in the past few years. Ticketing graduation has happened in the past before, but just not in recent years. Principal Blaine Torpey said that the goal of the tickets will be to “ensure space and seats for family.”
Each senior student will receive five tickets for their family members to attend. Additional tickets may be requested through a google form sent out by the school, which was set to close on June 2 but may be closing sooner, according to Torpey.
“We’re in a pretty good place to fit everyone who requests extra tickets,” Torpey said. “If you’re in the five to ten range, you’re probably going to be okay.” The tickets will be distributed to students on the morning of June 8 after graduation practice.
The tickets are necessary for public safety, but many are upset because of the late notice given for this policy. Many seniors and their families may have already arranged travel plans, and the possibility of not being able to get into graduation is a concern for many.
“It’s a good idea, but they should’ve told us sooner,” said senior Maya Moore.
Economics teacher David Roth-Rossi commented on the safety concern for the event, saying, “I think they’re doing the right thing. They have to do it because the amount of people goes beyond [fire] code. It’s unsafe. If there were some type of emergency, no one would be able to get anywhere.”
Not only teachers, but students as well see this minor annoyance as a small price to pay in exchange for public safety.
“I think it’s a good thing because everybody should be able to have some of their family there. There’s a limited space because of how large our class is. You can’t be bringing a party to graduation,” said senior Alanna Stull.