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May 20, 2014

Grads take big step on Friday

bporterfield@pvdemocrat.com — Pauls Valley’s 2014 class of graduates is set to take that next big step Friday night. The real questions is where.

Commencement ceremonies for this year’s PVHS grads are scheduled to get underway at 7 p.m. May 23 at the local football stadium in Wacker Park. Then again the big event could for the second straight year be moved to the high school auditorium if rainfall shows up that night.

It’s Chris Caldwell, principal at Pauls Valley High School, who will make the final decision.

“I’m planning on having it at the park on the football field,” Caldwell said. “Plan B would be to hold it over here,” he said, referring to the school’s auditorium.

Naturally Caldwell is hoping rain doesn’t put a damper on the graduation event as it did last year. At the same time he is far from alone in the hope for rainfall because of the current drought conditions out there. He is closely watching the weather forecast for Friday as he would like to see the rain but only after the diploma ceremonies.

“To be honest I would like to see it rain,” Caldwell said. “Hopefully we’ll get some rain because we need it. We need the rain, but I wish it would hold off until after 8 o’clock. Give us an hour and we’ll get it done.”

According to the PVHS principal, the weather forecasts he’s seen are projecting the possible arrival of

a slow moving system as early as Thursday. That also looks to be the day for the decision on the graduation site, although right now Caldwell is leaning toward the outdoor ceremonies at the stadium.

“I’m looking at making a decision Thursday about where we’ll hold it,” he said. “But the forecasts will have to convince me it’s going to rain before I change it.”

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