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Graduation date unchanged for Perham-Dent students

Graduation day for Perham High School students will remain the same for the 2010-2011 school year.

The Perham-Dent Board of Education at its regular meeting July 21 decided not change the date of the graduation ceremony. It will remain the Sunday during the Memorial Day weekend as it has been for the last several years.

It had been suggested that the board change the graduation date from the Memorial Day weekend to the Friday of the last week of school

"It's really counterproductive to have graduation before the school year ends for the other grades," said board President Jim Rieber. "Teachers have said it's difficult to keep the other students engaged when the seniors are gone and there are still some days left in the school year."

Rieber then proposed a motion to move the graduation ceremony to Friday, June 3.

Other board members seemed less open to any change in the graduation date.

"What do the families want to do?" asked board member Sue Von Ruden.

In the end board members decided to make no changes and leave the graduation date as it has been in the past.