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Schools coordinate Twin Cities graduations

Changing of start times avoids conflict

Published: Friday, Dec. 28, 2012 1:15 a.m. CST

STERLING – Family and friends of Sterling and Rock Falls high school students no longer will have to choose between graduation ceremonies.

The schools have agreed to alter the times of their ceremonies to accommodate those who have students at both schools.

Rock Falls High School will have its graduation ceremony at 1 p.m. May 26, followed by Sterling High School at 3 p.m. the same day.

Both districts received some criticism after out-of-town relatives and others were forced to choose between ceremonies, which last spring were held at the same time on the same day.

Sterling Superintendent Tad Everett said the move is a show of cooperation between the districts. He added that it benefits many people in and outside of the community.

“I’ve received lots of informal communication at events and ballgames and church of ‘Oh, that’s great!’” Everett said. “It’s not just grandkids, nieces and nephews. It’s friends and others, too.”

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