Some parents of Ballou High School students missed out on their kids’ graduation ceremony Tuesday after the venue was switched indoors.
Commencement had been scheduled outdoors on the Ballou football field, but the weather called for rain. So school officials changed the location to nearby Temple of Praise church. Once the church had reached a capacity crowd, security guards and the police kept others clamoring to get in out.
D.C. Public Schools released a statement after it ended saying:
“Today’s graduation ceremony for Ballou High School was moved to an alternate location due to the uncertain weather. The alternate location should have been sufficient to fit all the graduates, their families and guests. The overflow room at the Church was used as a holding site for the graduates. Guests who were unable to be accommodated in the church were asked to wait outside until the graduates began their procession and the overflow room was available. We deeply regret any confusion or disruption to the graduation which should be a joyous and celebratory occasion. Once the ceremony began, any remaining attendees were escorted into the overflow room and the ceremony continued as scheduled. We are immensely proud of all DCPS graduates and apologetic for any frustration that was felt.”