UPDATED: North Haven High Graduation Moved Indoors

Ceremony will be at 4 p.m. indoors because of the heat.

The Class of 2012 will take its leave of at 4 p.m., today in a ceremony that has been moved indoors because of the heat.

The final graduation practice is at 10:30 this morning.

In a letter to parents from the school's website, Principal Dr. Russell J. Dallai outlined the photography policy:

In order that the ceremony may proceed uninterrupted, parents and guests will not be permitted within the fenced area where the graduates sit. Pictures and videos may be taken from your seats. A professional photographer will take photographs of each graduate, which will be offered for sale. The ceremony will be videotaped by NHTV, and copies can be obtained at an anticipated cost of $20 (final cost to be determined in conjunction with NHTV). Following the ceremony, you will have the opportunity to take your own posed pictures of your student receiving the diploma. The Chairman of the Board of Education and I will be available for these photographs.

The New Haven Register reported last week that Class President Molly Gambardella not be delivering the traditional commencement address. The school told her she missed the deadline for submitting her speech, but Gambardella told the newspaper she thought the reason was because she participated in Occupy New Haven.

In his May 2 letter to parents outlining the school's graduation policies, the principal wrote, "We will honor all involved with an academic ceremony. The dignified character of this ceremony was shared with the seniors ... I explained to the seniors that the graduation ceremony is a privilege, not a right. While we value students' involvement, if they are unwilling to meet our community’s expectations, they are not obligated to participate in the ceremony. For any student who does not participate, diplomas will be issued the following day. Clearly, I hope that your student will choose to be part of this ceremony."


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