Due to the uncertainty of public response to the outcomes of pending trials, the Kenston Board of Education and administration announced that the district’s commencement ceremonies will be moved back to the high school gymnasium on the Kenston campus. “The safety and security of our students, faculty and families are paramount,” said Superintendent Nancy Santilli.
Board President Anne Randall said, “This decision was not made easily, but the Board of Education felt we made the correct choice. Due to the downtown location, no one with whom we spoke was able to assure us that our graduation ceremony would be secure. We are all very disappointed.”
The Thursday, May 21st graduation ceremony will begin at 7:00 pm; doors to the Gym will open at 5:30 pm. Each graduate has been given tickets to distribute to family and friends; only those with tickets, graduates and Kenston faculty and staff participating in the graduation program will be admitted into the high school building. The commencement ceremonies will take place in the gymnasium with additional seating available in the Robert A. Lee Auditorium, where the ceremony will be broadcast live.
To accommodate those unable to attend the program, the ceremony will also be streamed live online.
Over 250 students have met the qualifications for graduation. Commencement will include students speakers, Katie Kuckelheim and Joshua Sekerak, and feature a video produced by students as part of their Senior Mentorship.