Although the change was debated, Morgan High School administrators agree that switching venues for annual graduation services was a good decision.
“It was the best thing we ever did,” said Neil Carrigan, school board member.
“Moving graduation to Weber State (University’s Dee Events Center) was huge,” said Principal Wade Murdock. “I have had no complaints and everyone gets to go.”
Murdock said renting the Dee Events Center cost the school about $3,000, the same amount of money it took in the past to prepare the school gym and auditorium for graduation services.
Boardmember Ken Durrant, who voted against the change of venue in the past, said he enjoyed graduation this year.
“It was a big change for us,” said Board President Bruce Galbraith. “But it is nice to have all the siblings and grandparents attend something that marks the apex of life.”
In the past, the audience size was limited due to space restraints. Not only does the change allow for more audience members, it also allowed for more faculty members to participate in services.
“We love to see our faculty there,” said Superintendent Ken Adams in the last board meeting of his career.
School administrators also enjoy seeing what each class will do come graduation night. This year, as each of the 167 Morgan High graduates shook Wade’s hand that evening, they also handed him a can of Pepsi.