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VHS students petition to go ticketless and move graduation ceremony to football field

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The Vicksburg High School Class of 2022 are petitioning to make its 2022 graduation ticketless by switching the venue to the football field. The graduation ceremony is to be held at the Vicksburg Convention Center on May 26 at 6 p.m. and limited to 10 tickets.

A petition started by the VHS class of 2022 won’t necessarily guarantee they will be able to graduate on the field, but they are hoping to draw attention to the issue in hopes their voices will be heard.

“We would like to graduate the traditional way which is on the football field,” senior student Adrionna Carter said. They told us that our heels could possibly mess up the field but there’s really no excuse on why we can’t use it because we can always wear flats.”

“We won’t be upset if they still decide to not let us use the field but it doesn’t hurt to try,” said Carter.

In a letter, signed the VHS Class of 2022, the students state the COVID-19 pandemic hindered their ability to celebrate and wish to be allowed to do so without ticket restrictions, “We have recently been aware of the fact that we will only receive 10 tickets for graduation, but we propose that this graduation becomes ticketless. As COVID-19 has disrupted many plans throughout previous years, we would like the chance to celebrate our accomplishments with our class and family members for the first time in 2 years.”

The letter goes on to state the past football season did not have restrictions on participants and are asking for the same for the graduation ceremony. Potential issues and solutions of having the ceremony on the field were also addressed, “Homecoming, football, and soccer games were held on the field where heels and cleats were worn, so holes were placed in the grass. There can be a rule set in place that all females must wear block heels or flats, so that there will not be holes in the grass. ”

The students appear willing to compromise on rules for attending if their petition is successful. To view the letter and sign the petition, click here. Deadline for signing is May 6.

 

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