The Class of 2017, pictured celebrating with the traditional cap toss after commencement ceremonies at Mount Si Stadium, is the last class to graduate on the school’s football field. Because of capacity challenges during construction of the new high school and the growing class sizes and demand for tickets to the ceremony, the high school announced Dec. 18 that the 2018 commencement will be held in Kent. (Carol Ladwig/Staff Photo)

The Class of 2017, pictured celebrating with the traditional cap toss after commencement ceremonies at Mount Si Stadium, is the last class to graduate on the school’s football field. Because of capacity challenges during construction of the new high school and the growing class sizes and demand for tickets to the ceremony, the high school announced Dec. 18 that the 2018 commencement will be held in Kent. (Carol Ladwig/Staff Photo)

Mount Si graduation ceremonies to move to Kent arena in 2018

  • Monday, December 18, 2017 12:08pm
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Mount Si High School will break with its long-held tradition of an outdoor graduation ceremony at Mount Si Stadium this year. Because of the growing class sizes and in an effort to allow more friends and family to attend the annual commencement ceremony, the 2018 Mount Si graduation will be held at the ShoWare Center in Kent, Friday, June 8.

The change was announced Monday morning, an an email message from Principal John Belcher to parents.

Citing requests for more tickets than available space, the current construction on a new Mount Si High School and its accompanying parking challenges and weather concerns, Belcher said a group of students and staff began considering other venues.

“In addition, the class of 2018 participated in a survey which resulted in a strong majority-preference for an alternative site,” Belcher noted.

The selection process, involving students and staff, had been underway for several months.

“We realize that opinions may vary regarding the location of graduation. However, this change will help us better accommodate our growing student population and families in the celebration of graduating seniors, as well as provide a facility that is easily accessible,” Belcher wrote.

The Kent arena has a stated capacity of 6,500 seats.

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