Wilton High School graduation is scheduled for Saturday, June 15, and as of today, the weather forecast shows the day will likely be picture perfect–which means an outdoor ceremony at Memorial Stadium’s Fujitani Field.
Here are all the details WHS students, families and community friends need to know:
Friday, June 14
1-2:30 p.m.: Graduation Rehearsal: At the Clune Center, caps and gowns will be distributed
Students can pick up tickets (needed if inclement weather forces the graduation ceremony to be moved inside) through today in the guidance office.
Saturday, June 15
3:30 p.m.: Stadium entrance gates will be opened. Administration officials have reminded attendees that reservation of seats in advance by placing towels, blankets or other items on seats will not be allowed. Seating is on a first come, first served basis.
4:15 p.m.: Graduating seniors are asked to meet in the Clune Auditorium
5 p.m.: Graduation ceremonies begin
According to a letter from WHS principal, Dr. Robert O’Donnell, students are asked to “dress appropriately” for the ceremony. As graduation is held on the synthetic turf field, high heeled shoes are not permitted because they cause damage to the field. Students and attendees sitting on the field behind students are asked to not wear high heeled shoes (flat soled shoes and wedge heels are permitted however).
Graduation faces the north end of Fujitani Field at Memorial Stadium, and seating is available on both west and east bleachers. Handicapped access will be provided via golf carts located south of Memorial Stadium. “Easy access” seating will be located behind graduating seniors on the field as well as wheelchair access on the track.
Unlimited guests are allowed to the outdoor ceremony. (Tickets are required for admittance if the ceremony moves indoors to the WHS Zeoli Field House.)
Students will move from the high school and proceed into the stadium in pairings of their choice. According to O’Donnell, “It is inappropriate for students to engage in any distracting behaviors during all aspects of the ceremony. We appreciate [audience member] support in helping to bring this spirit of decorum to the ceremony, while maintaining a celebratory atmosphere.”
There will be photographers on the field taking pictures of students as they receive diplomas. Administrators ask that parents refrain from walking on the field during the ceremony to take their own photos.
At the conclusion of the ceremony, there will be a recessional of faculty and students to the Whitten Field. O’Donnell writes that there is “a clear expectation that all attendees remain in the bleachers until all faculty and students have left the stadium. Once the recessional is completed, families and guests can join students in the reception area.”
In the event of severe weather, the ceremony will be moved to the Zeoli Field House, with the reception following in the cafeteria. Under this circumstance, there is an eight ticket seating limit per family. A final decision on moving the event will be made by 10 a.m. on Saturday. Any announcement would be made on the WHS website.