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Rather than the Salvatore J. Augeri Field, the Quad will be used for the 2014 graduation of the Westerly High School Class of 2014. | Sun File Photo

WHS graduation moved to Quad


WESTERLY — Weather permitting, members of the Westerly High School Class of 2014 will receive their diplomas on the Quad rather than Salvatore J. Augeri Field, the district confirmed last week.

The Quad, which is adjacent to the football field on campus, will be the ceremony’s setting on Friday, June 13, because of work being done on the natural grass field.

“We will be using the Quad,” Superintendent Roy Seitsinger Jr. said, “with the stage closest to Ward at the top of the Quad facing the setting sun.”

Seitsinger said chairs will be set up for guests, and officials are “exploring options” on bringing sets of bleachers in for more seating. He also confirmed that seating is “unlimited” if the ceremony is held on the Quad.

Graduation is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m., and, as in the past, will take place in Federico Gym if there is inclement weather.

“The move to the Quad will be beautiful … and is a return to a tradition that shifted some time ago,” Principal Steven Ruscito said, “for the graduates will again be facing the Ward building during the ceremony.”

Augeri Field is on a short list of must-fix projects officials began tackling this spring to make it safe and playable by fall.

The work, which includes some sodding, is requiring “us to stay off for the entire summer, estimated to be May 26 through Sept. 5,” Seitsinger said.

The necessary field work also affected the Relay for Life of Westerly event that begins June 20. The Relay now will take place around Stonington High School’s track.

alemoine@thewesterlysun.com



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