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Oceanside to hold graduation Wednesday afternoon on football field

By Stephen Betts | Jun 07, 2021
Photo by: Stephen Betts

Rockland — The administration of Regional School Unit 13 announced Monday that Oceanside High School's graduation would not be held at the airport.

The district announced the change June 7 on its Facebook page. Details are still to be provided.

"Due to the forecasted high temperatures today and tomorrow we have made a change to the graduation venue," the district stated on its Facebook page. "We will be running four smaller ceremonies in the auditorium at OHS. There will be no graduation walkthrough today. Details will be shared later today. I appreciate your patience and understanding. This was not an easy decision, however it is important that we work to keep everyone safe and healthy."

Later in the day, Oceanside Principal Jesse Bartke said the decision was made hold the ceremony at 5 p.m. Wednesday, June 9 at the football field at the intersection of Broadway and Thomaston Street.

VillageSoup Chief Meteorologist Tyler Southard said the temperature will reach the upper 80s to low 90s Tuesday afternoon in the Rockland area with a heat index around the mid 90s.

The plan had been for graduation to be held Tuesday, June 8 at the Knox County Regional Airport in Owls Head with a procession from the high school starting at 1 and the ceremony beginning at 2. Graduation was held last year at the airport because of COVID-19 restrictions.

And the ceremony was to be held on the paved area of the airport which would create additional heat.

The Courier will update the article when information becomes available.

RSU 13 schools closed early Monday, June 7 because of the unusual early June heat.

The last time schools closed due to heat locally was 2010 during the first week of school when there was a late summer heat wave.

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