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Rain could force BHS graduation inside

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Brainerd High School seniors set to graduate Thursday night are hoping it won’t rain on their parade, but there’s a chance it could. 

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The National Weather Service in Duluth’s forecast calls for a 5 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 7 a.m. and a 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms Thursday night. The BHS graduation ceremony is scheduled to start at 7 p.m.

“Basically, it will be scattered,” Peter Parke, meteorologist with the weather service, said Wednesday night. “The thing is, with these showers, we can’t tell when they’ll start in any particular spot. It won’t be blanket rainfall. In this case, some places will be getting rain while others won’t.”

Andrea Rusk, BHS principal, said the decision to move the ceremony from Adamson Field into the high school gymnasium won’t be made until Thursday morning. However, with the chance for rain she said there was a high likelihood the ceremony will be indoors. 

Once the decision is made on where the graduation ceremony will be held, Rusk said it will be reported to the media, including www.brainerddispatch.com. 

Brainerd Superintendent Steve Razidlo said waiting until the morning of graduation before making a decision on where the ceremony will be held was an annual protocol. He said high school and district officials have been following the forecast closely. 

“It’s always kind of a wait-and-see approach,” Razidlo said. 

While graduating seniors would opt for an outdoor ceremony, Razidlo said school officials must always take the students, family and friends’ safety into account. Poor weather, and the threat of poor weather, has moved ceremonies inside in the past, he said.

MATT ERICKSON may be reached at matt.erickson@brainerddispatch.com or 855-5857.

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