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Keeping It Outdoors: Weather Won't Force Darien High Graduation Indoors

The Darien High graduation will take place in the stadium.
The Darien High graduation will take place in the stadium. Photo Credit: Casey Donahue, File

DARIEN, Conn. — Grab a towel and head to graduation: Despite some damp conditions on Friday, the Class of 2017 at Darien High School will celebrate its commencement outside at the stadium on Friday afternoon.

The ceremony will begin at 5:15 p.m., a 15-minute delay, school officials announced.

"The stadium is damp. Stadium seats may be wet. Bring a towel to dry your seat," the school announced on the website. "You may want to bring an umbrella but please be considerate of sight lines of those around you."

Worried about getting wet?

"The ceremony will be simulcast in the dry, Main Gym and on local Channel 78," the announcement said.

An email from Superintendent Dan Brenner explained the decision-marking process.

The district had to choose between setting up in the auditorium, with limited seating, and using the gymnasium for overflow seating. Or it can risk the weather forecast.

A meteorologist advised that any rain should leave the area by 4 p.m., with minimal rain totals from a drizzle or light rain.

"In an attempt to be as inclusive to the families as possible, we will be holding the ceremony outside on the Stadium field," he said. "Dress appropriately given the conditions, and if you choose to bring an umbrella to be sensitive to others sightlines where possible."

Gates will open at the stadium at 4 p.m., and seats are on a first-come, first-served basis. There will be folding chair seats on the field, as well as the entire home side bleachers.

Due to the large turnout expected at the graduation, the Darien Police Department is advising attendees of traffic regulations:

  • All traffic will enter the high school grounds via Noroton Avenue.
  • Vehicular traffic will not be permitted to enter the area via High School Lane, Nutmeg Lane, Holly Lane or Libby Lane.
  • Officers will be present to direct traffic to appropriate and designated parking areas.
  • Vehicles will be parked on both sides of Nutmeg Lane and High School Lane facing away from Darien High School.
  • Drivers are asked to pay attention to posted "No Parking" areas.
Illegally parked vehicles will be towed.

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