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Graduation restrictions remain intact
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Courtney Seibers

An effort to open up Warren County High School graduation to allow more guests to pack into Nunley Stadium is not gaining traction.

“There are no current plans to change our procedure for graduation,” said Director of Schools Grant Swallows on Friday.

Each WCHS graduating senior will be permitted to have eight guests at the graduation ceremony, which is set for Friday, May 28. That’s up from four guests last year.

Courtney Seibers says she would like WCHS graduation to be open to everyone with no restrictions. She has a sister who will be walking the stage later this month. Seibers has circulated a petition which she says has over 600 signatures that support her cause.

“We want graduation to be opened up back to normal,” said Seibers. “Our children didn’t get to have a senior year like they should have. Everything about their senior year was 10 times harder than what it should have been. What has come of all this hard work? To be punished to not have their loved ones see them walk across the stage.”

Swallows said at a recent School Board meeting that it gives him no joy to place restrictions on year-end ceremonies like graduation. But he added that the school system must act responsibly and remain mindful that the world is still in the midst of a pandemic.