Last year, following Montclair High School’s annual commencement ceremonies, parents reported overcrowding and how family members holding tickets to graduation were left to watch the commencement standing behind a fence when the amphitheater became packed to capacity.
Meg Temkin, parent of an MHS senior, spoke about the issue at Monday night’s BOE meeting and read this letter to the board, asking them to consider changing the graduation venue to Woodman Field:
Dear Board of Ed:
Please move Montclair High School graduation to Woodman Field. Holding a safe ceremony in the amphitheater is no longer possible due to our ever increasing enrollment. Continuing to deny families reasonable, comfortable and safe access, as was the case last year, is unacceptable.
The move to Woodman is cost and labor efficient. In honor of past tradition, the ceremony will begin as seniors process over the bridge and walk together down Chestnut Street to Woodman. No street closures will be necessary. It’s simple to honor the past while we move forward to address the issues of safety and universal access created by our growing population. Your mission statement includes the belief that “supportive and engaged parents, guardians and members of our diverse community must be welcomed and encouraged to become active participants in the education of our students.” Please act on your stated belief and welcome us at graduation.
Each and and every graduate has earned the right to have family members watch them graduate. Each and every family has earned the right to attend their child’s graduation. Please act now to move graduation to Woodman Field so that no family is ever again turned away.
Parent- Class of 2018, 2020, 2024
Are you a parent of a graduating senior? What do you want to see Montclair High School do to address the concerns about commencement? Do you like the idea of preserving the tradition of walking over the bridge? Or is it impossible to imagine commencement in a different location?