FWCS changes graduation dates - March 05, 2007

Record Number: 3035
Displayed from: Mar 05, 2007 , until: Mar 25, 2007

The Allen County War Memorial Coliseum will continue to be the site of Fort Wayne Community Schools' six high school graduation ceremonies, but they will be taking place a few days later this year than planned. FWCS, like all public school districts in Indiana, is required by state statute (I.C. 20-30-2-3) to have 180 instructional days or it could lose its accreditation. The district has had to extend the school year to make up for days it had to close due to inclement weather in January and February. FWCS is scheduled to make up those days on June 4, 5 and 6. Seniors will be using June 6 as a day to practice for graduation. Commencements will be held the evenings of June 6 and 7. We know this will be an inconvenience for students and families, but it is necessary for us to do in order to comply with legal requirements," said Superintendent Dr. Wendy Robinson. "Moving our commencement dates is not something we would have chosen to do, but the change won't overshadow the truly joyous occasion graduation is in a student's life." Special arrangements will be made at the high schools for individuals who may have to leave for military duty, etc., prior to the new graduation dates. Following is the district's revised graduation schedule for the Class of 2007, with date, time and location inside the Memorial Coliseum: Wednesday, June 6 Wayne High School, 5 p.m., Expo Northrop High School, 6 p.m., Main Arena North Side High School, 8 p.m., Expo Thursday, June 7 South Side High School, 5 p.m., Expo Snider High School, 6 p.m., Main Arena Elmhurst High School, 8 p.m., Expo

With nearly 30,000 students, Fort Wayne Community Schools is one of the largest school districts in Indiana. FWCS proudly allows families to choose any of its 50 schools through its successful school-choice program creating diversity in each school, including some with more than 75 languages spoken. FWCS offers seven magnet schools focusing on areas such as science and math, communication, fine arts or Montessori at the elementary and middle school level. In high school, students can choose from the prestigious International Baccalaureate program, Project Lead the Way or New Tech Academy as well as other rigorous academic and specialty training programs.