A $12.7-million renovation of Memorial Field has ignited a debate about where John Burroughs High School will host its May graduation, with administrators arguing that the facility needs to be protected and students calling for a return to the traditional commencement site.
“I definitely want to graduate at Memorial Field,” said senior Austin Ross, 17. “My mother graduated on it, my brother graduated on it and my sister graduated on it. I just feel like it has been a tradition for years at Burroughs.”
The high school hosted graduation at its field for decades before a much anticipated overhaul — kicked off in January following years of planning and fundraising — forced officials to move it to the Starlight Bowl last year.
With construction scheduled to be completed by spring, members of the class of 2012 said they expected to receive their diplomas at Memorial Field. But at an assembly in August, school officials announced that graduation would remain at the Starlight Bowl.