GUILFORD, Maine — A conflict between track and field state finals and Piscataquis Community High School graduation exercises has moved school officials and students this year to divide year-end activities for seniors into two separate events held on the same weekend.
In a change from past practice, the scholarships, awards and senior slide show will be held this year on Friday night, June 4, and the actual graduation exercises will be held on Saturday night, June 5.
Over the past several years, the state finals for the track and field sports are held the same day as graduation, which has caused problems for seniors participating in the sport, according to PCHS Principal Kevin Harrington. Some students have had to choose between the two events, he said Wednesday.
“I don’t want them to have to make that choice,” Harrington said.
Harrington and others have discussed the possibility of holding graduation exercises on Sunday, but since the graduation date was set last year during the adoption of the school calendar, it will remain as is this year.
Discussions will be held, however, on the possibility of changing future graduations to a Sunday, a day used by many other schools, he said.