UPDATE: Sunday's Wilmington High School graduation will be held inside the gymnasium instead of on the football field. Due to a smaller capacity at the indoor ceremony, students will have a limited number of tickets for friends and family to attend graduation.
Principal Eric Tracy tweeted the following: "Unfortunately wet ground, wet stands and the possibility of chairs and stage sinking in the ground are problems. Sorry guys!"
ORIGINAL STORY: Eric Tracy doesn’t seem much like the dancing type. But for this year’s graduating class, the Wilmington High School principal is willing to show off a step or two.
The Class of 2012 is set to graduate on Sunday at 2 p.m. But where the ceremony takes place depends on the forecast, which includes a 50 percent chance of rain on the day.
“My fingers are crossed, and I am trying to find some sort of sun dance,” said Tracy, who will wait until 10 a.m. to make a decision on whether students will receive their diplomas in the gymnasium or on the football field. “Regardless, we’re going to give everything we have to put together a great ceremony and a great memory for everyone involved.”
Wilmington Superintendent of Schools Joanne Benton said she has high expectations for this year’s graduates.
“They have the power to do great things,” said Benton. “They have the power to change the course of history through goodness, kindness and intelligent decision making.”
Marissa Bortone began teaching in 2008 when the current seniors were freshmen at the school. In addition to teaching nearly all of the students, she is also the class advisor.
Bortone had nothing but praise for the Class of 2012 as she prepares to wish them farewell.
“This year’s class is exceptional,” said Bortone. “They have become so important to many teachers, including myself. Wilmington High School will not be the same without them, but they are definitely off to do some amazing things. This is one of the finest groups to come through WHS, and we are all so proud of them.”
Tracy echoed that sentiment, and said the maturity of this year’s class was no more evident than during this week’s graduation rehearsals. The principal said students were so well-behaved that it was the best pair of rehearsals he has seen in his eight years at the school.
“Sunday is a bittersweet day for me,” said Tracy. “You’re losing members of your family. But it’s about knowing that we’ve given them the right tools so they are ready to go off and be productive citizens in whatever they choose to do. That’s what helps settle my mind. It is a great group of kids that is going to leave its mark on the world.”