WCSD Board of Directors votes to have degrees at Lawlor Events Center

7 p.m. update:

The Washoe County School District voted Tuesday to return high school graduation ceremonies to the Lawlor Events Center on the University of Nevada, Reno campus.

The decision was made after an hour-long discussion at the school board meeting. Graduation ceremonies for the past two years have been held on school campuses due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Administrator Jeff Church suggested that high schools like Damonte Ranch and Galena, both located in south Reno, should be allowed to hold graduation ceremonies because families in those neighborhoods could face heavy traffic on the path of Lawlor.

However, student administrator Victoria Gomez and administrator Adam Mayberry said secondary schools should hold their ceremonies at Lawlor because not all are able to hold graduation ceremonies at their own schools.

“Everyone can bring their own traditions,” Gomez said. She added that families will be able to see the graduates better because the ceremony will take place in a stadium and not on a football field and the students will all be together for one last time.

“I’m sympathetic to people who want to have (degrees) in their school,” Mayberry said. “This is our community. This is our family. In good conscience, I can’t allow a school to have its separate graduation ceremony. It really is a matter of fairness.”

Leah Keuscher, Principal of Wooster High School, said it would be difficult to hold a graduation ceremony at their school due to traffic safety concerns and enough space for all family members. . She said she preferred to graduate from Lawlor.

After hearing feedback from board members and presenters, Church changed her mind and the vote was unanimous to return to Lawlor.

Original story:

The Washoe County School District may move high school diplomas to the Lawlor Events Center on the campus of the University of Nevada, Reno.

The proposal, considered by the board at 2 p.m. today, puts graduations for most Washoe High Schools in Lawlor over four days between June 8 and June 11.

For the past two years, graduation ceremonies have moved to high school campuses amid COVID-19 restrictions.

In 2020, graduations took place in the form of drive-in ceremonies. In 2021, graduation ceremonies were held on school football pitches.

District staff previously reported that more personalized graduation events on school campuses were extremely popular with students and families.

According to the presentation posted on the district’s website, things like traffic, crowd management, staffing and weather are all factors in bringing the ceremonies back to one location.

WCSD Degrees Offered at Lawlor

Wednesday, June 8

  • 12:30 a.m. AACT
  • 3 p.m. Sparks
  • 6:30 p.m. McQueen

Thursday June 9

  • 8:00 a.m. Damonte Ranch
  • Noon: Northern Valleys
  • 4:30 p.m. Spanish Spring

friday june 10

  • 8:00 polar star
  • 10:30 a.m. Hug
  • 2 p.m. Wooster
  • 5:30 p.m. Reno

Saturday June 11

  • 8 a.m. RISE Academy for Adult Achievement
  • 10 a.m. Innovations Turning Point/Inspire
  • 12:30 p.m. Galena
  • 4 p.m. Reed

WCSD degrees are not in Lawlor

tuesday 31 may

  • TMCC High School at TMCC (pending TMCC approval)

Wednesday, June 1

Tuesday, June 21

  • Incline High School to Incline High School (Provisional)

June 2022

  • Gerlach High School (unpublished draft plans)

Siobhan McAndrew tells stories about the people of northern Nevada and covers education in Washoe County. Read his journalism here. Consider supporting his work by subscribing to the Reno Gazette Journal.

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