Burroughs High School seniors will graduate from Memorial Field in May after pushing for a return to the traditional site, officials confirmed this week.
“’Relieved’ is a good word,” said senior Austin Ross. “Everyone I have talked to is really glad it is back at our school.”
Special efforts will be made to protect the new track and field, Principal Emilio Urioste said in an email.
“The school site council discussed and investigated the matter thoroughly,” Urioste said. “We will be able to bring in the structures needed to support having the ceremony and make sure that the integrity of the field is not compromised.”
The Burroughs commencement ceremony took place at Memorial Field for decades before being moved to the Starlight Bowl in 2011 amid the $12.7-million overhaul of the athletic facility. With construction scheduled to be finished in spring 2012, this year’s seniors expected to graduate on their home turf.