SJHS graduation ceremony moves to Shadowlands

By Tony Wittkowski | Business Reporter | The Herald-Palladium

ST. JOSEPH — St. Joseph High School seniors will accept their diplomas in a new location this spring.

The high school graduation ceremony is being moved from Dickinson Stadium to the Shadowland Pavilion at Silver Beach County Park because of maintenance to the football field.

“We are thrilled that we could secure the Shadowland Pavilion – and thankful for the support the county has provided as we work through the process,” Superintendent Ann Cardon told The Herald-Palladium in an email.

The district is planning to remove the top layer of the field and begin reseeding as soon as the weather allows.

However, though the field will have grass by June 4, Cardon said the field would not be able to withstand the amount of chairs and people who would be on the field for commencement.

“We did look at a couple of options on how to address the needs of the field and decided to remain with a natural surface,” Cardon said, when asked if turf had been considered rather than reseeding.

This isn’t the first time the graduation ceremony was moved.

In 2002 and 2003, the commencement was at the pavilion as the school was working on the stadium.

Cardon said the district had been looking at possible venues for a while, and a decision was made at the end of January.

The ceremony will take place at 6 p.m. June 4.

“I realize that change can be difficult, but rest assured that we will do everything we can to make sure that the day is perfect for our students and their families,” Cardon said. “If we have inclement weather and need to move the ceremony indoors, we will hold it in the competition gymnasium – as is our standard back-up plan.”

Contact Tony Wittkowski at or (269) 932-0358. Follow him on Twitter: @tonywittkowski.

(Author’s Note: This article was originally published on Feb. 11, 2017)

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