Seniors at Exeter-West Greenwich High School were told Wednesday at an assembly that their graduation date will be moved back a week to accommodate all the cancellations incurred this year due to weather and power outages.
The district canceled seven days due to weather and power outages, and with state law requiring seniors to attend school for a minimum of 171 days, the graduation ceremony at the University of Rhode Island was moved from June 15 to June 22.
"I think it was a big surprise," said senior Justin Thurber. "Especially for families going away on vacation."
Most of these students have been together for 12 years, and all they want to do is graduate together.
"Literally we just moved down the road with each other," senior Ashley Orwitz said. "And now because of this, half the class isn't going to be there."
Dozens of students attended a meeting with school administrators after school on Thursday.
However, plans have not changed, and Exeter-West Greenwich will be the last Rhode Island school to hold its graduation ceremonies.
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