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Local Editorials

Graduation conflict ends; thanks

Public high schools in Rock Falls and Sterling have agreed to no longer conduct their graduation ceremonies at the same time. We thank school officials for making this common-sense change.

You can’t be two places at the same time.

Last May, some people wanted to overcome that physical law of space and time by attending both the Sterling and Rock Falls high school graduations.

But, they couldn’t.

Rock Falls’ ceremonies began at 2 p.m. the Sunday before Memorial Day. So did Sterling’s.

Several people wrote letters to the editor, pointing out that more than a few people, such as relatives and friends, were inconvenienced by the quandary over which ceremony to attend.

Sauk Valley Media’s editorial board, in an editorial titled “End scheduling conflict for Twin Cities graduations,” stated in part:

“We encourage Sterling and Rock Falls school officials to get together and talk about better coordinating the timing of the premier event of their academic years.

“That way, a proud grandfather of graduates at both high schools, or an elected official with a foot in both communities, won’t have to face a difficult choice.

“Neither will anyone else.”

Thus, we are pleased with the decision in December by both schools to adjust the times of their graduation ceremonies.

The events will still take place on the same day – Sunday, May 26.

However, Rock Falls High School will begin its graduation at 1 p.m.

Then, 2 hours later, Sterling High School will start its ceremonies at 3 p.m.

Because graduations last slightly more than an hour, people who wish to attend Rock Falls’ ceremony at Hinders Field will have plenty of time to travel to Roscoe Eades Stadium for Sterling’s commencement.

We have noted previously that, while Rock Falls and Sterling are two cities, they are one community where people work together in many ways.

This is one more example of how cooperation and compromise among government bodies can benefit the people. And a shift of one hour each way was all it took.

We have the superintendents, principals and board members at both schools to thank for agreeing to this common-sense change. Well done, one and all.

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