Opinions mixed on Westfield’s indoor graduation

WESTFIELD — This year the Westfield Academy and Central School held its graduation ceremony inside, different from previous years.

During the Westfield Academy and Central School Board of Education meeting, School Superintendent David Davison asked the board for feedback on the change.

School Board member Deanne Manzella said she spoke with many people who had children who graduated or are close to it.

“The general gist was not one person thought it should be inside,” she said.

Board member Brenda Backus said that almost everyone she spoke with was disappointed that it was inside.

“People who would come if it was outside, simply didn’t come,” she said.

Davison told the board that the senior class advisors like having commencement inside.

“I could actually hear it, it was comfortable and everybody fit,” was a comment from one parent, Davison said.

However, senior class adviser Laura Wilson told the board that everyone with whom she spoke thought graduation was awesome this year. She said having it indoors was less work for everyone. Also, it was air conditioned and had good acoustics, she said.

“I understand tradition in this community, but we do have a good air conditioned auditorium,” Wilson added.