The students had the opportunity to vote to hold their graduation ceremony in an indoor venue but were unified in their feeling that graduating on the field was tradition. It allows anyone (who can brave the heat, port-o-potty's, parking problems and stadium seating) to attend. For many it may be the only graduation they will ever see. For all it was a great moment of pride. Any graduation is special but to graduate with students from all different walks of life with plans as varied as the languages they speak is uniquely theirs. There were over 5,500 people filling the stands, hillsides and sidewalks surrounding the field. It was hot. Beyond hot. There were many emergency personnel and vehicles at the ready and water was available everywhere. I didn't see anyone actually succumb to the heat but it was comforting knowing it was there. Hopefully, people who knew they would have heat related discomfort stayed home. This was dangerous heat.
|This is my son's decorated cap. He's attending The Hartford Art School at The University of Hartford. One paintbrush fell off during the ceremony!|