Beginning with the Class of 2019, Concord Community Schools’ Commencement Ceremonies will be held at the Purcell Pavilion at the University of Notre Dame. The 2019 ceremony is June 6.
The CCS School Board voted Oct. 1 in favor of the new venue, citing their beliefs that this change will provide much-needed additional seating, improved access for guests in wheelchairs, and enhanced safety and medical access in case of an emergency.
The board decision comes after feedback from students, parents, and the community about restrictions on the number of tickets allotted for the graduates’ guests and the need for improved accessibility for guests in wheelchairs.
“Our graduates put in many hours of hard work in preparation for graduation day and we wanted a space where we wouldn’t need to restrict the number of tickets available for family and friends to be there in support,” said Concord High School Principal Lisa Kendall. “We’re excited about the possibilities of this new venue, including improved handicap accessibility.”
In addition, Kendall noted hosting the event at the Purcell Pavilion will also eliminate weather-related concerns. “We’ve been extremely fortunate to have been able to utilize Jake Field for many years, but with an outdoor location there always comes a risk that we will need to postpone the ceremony. Many students invite out-of-town guests and we want to be able to accommodate everyone on the planned date regardless of the weather.”
The Purcell Pavilion will also include a space to display student photos prior to the start of the ceremony. As one would expect from a venue like this, additional security measures will be in place. Details to follow at a later date.
WHAT: 2019 Commencement Ceremonies
WHEN: Thursday, June 6
WHERE: Notre Dame’s Purcell Pavilion
113 Joyce Ctr, Notre Dame, IN 46556
TICKETS: 7,000 seats are available
On the day of commencement, graduates should enter Purcell Pavilion at the Joyce Center at Gate 10 and report to the field house at the Purcell Pavilion by 5 p.m. Parents and guests are to enter through the south main entrance of the Purcell Pavilion between Gates 8 and 10. Doors open at 6 p.m. Handicap-accessible facilities are available throughout the Joyce Center.
2018 GRADUATION CEREMONY | CONCORD HIGH SCHOOL