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Blog: Graduation site? All that matters are the smiles!

Matt Hinshaw/The Daily Courier<br>
Smiles were what the Prescott High School Class of 2008 wore most at Tim's Toyota Center.

Matt Hinshaw/The Daily Courier<br> Smiles were what the Prescott High School Class of 2008 wore most at Tim's Toyota Center.

The students have spoken and they're smiling.

The Prescott High School Class of 2009 seniors have decided they want to graduate on their own campus at Bill Shepard Field, where the ceremony traditionally happens.

I have several points of opinion on this:

First, I am glad for them - they (and their parents) should be happy that the administration has been so willing to give them a choice. Really.

Reminder, this past year at Tim's Toyota Center - when the Class of 2008 turned their tassels - we heard no choice, and really no complaints.

The event was warm and festive; bad weather forced the move.

Everyone got a seat, unlike the graduation for the classes of 2007 and 2006, for example, when those arriving early at Bill Shepard still had to park a mile away and stand through the observance.

The "where" did not matter in 2008.

Finally, growing up in the Denver metro area, graduation on my home field was a misconception. The event included 650 students and was at the district stadium; our rival's school was across the street and their ceremony was the day before.

And our school's graduation seven years earlier - for 1,500 students - was at the University of Denver, some 20 miles away; it was the only place that was large enough.

Yet, in the end, all that mattered were the smiles.

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