I don’t know how common this is for high schools, but this was the first time I had heard of one handling its graduation like this. One of my nephews graduated Friday night with a class of about 100, but the location was weather-dependent and wouldn’t be decided until sometime that day. If it were nice out, the kids would have their high school outside at the stadium and a graduate could invite as many people as he or she wanted. If it were rainy, the ceremony would be in the high school gym and only four people per graduate could come. So let’s say you had two parents, two siblings, three grandparents, a girlfriend, three cousins, two aunts and three uncles who wanted to see you graduate. And several of these people had come in from out of town (or state) just for this 7 p.m. ceremony. I’m not sure what time the school officials make this decision, but let’s say it’s 4 p.m. and they decide it’s okay to have it outside. Then there’s thunder and rain at 6 and you have to move it to the gym. How do you then limit the guests, who all had thought they were going to be able to go, from 14 to 4? If you’re a grandparent who came from out of state and now can’t go, how do you feel? It just seems to me that perhaps there might be somewhere else to hold the ceremony to not have to deal with this year after year? BTW, my nephew and his family lucked out — his graduation was held outdoors, ending just minutes before a huge downpour.