The Brainerd High School class of 2015 is making a last-ditch effort to host its commencement ceremony on Don Adamson Field.
Commencement can't be on the field because chairs set up for the ceremony would void the artificial turf's warranty.
A floating floor product could be overlaid on the field's surface to protect it and still maintain the warranty. However, it would cost $40,000 to purchase enough tiles to cover the footprint of the graduation ceremony.
A motion to purchase the product by the Brainerd School Board Monday failed on a 3-3 vote.
A group of seniors, however, is making a push to raise enough money to purchase the flooring product. Senior Gaby Haire said it's tradition for commencement to be held outdoors and it's more memorable than an indoor ceremony.
"People's families are coming from all over to come and watch people graduate," Haire said. "And there's more people that will be able to sit outside."
"They're not coming to be cramped in the sweaty, stinky gym," senior Jordan Kleist said.
There isn't a local tradition of the senior class making a donation to the school, but Haire said her class had considered it.
"This is something that we'd really love to leave our mark and give it as a gift," Haire said. "Even start a precedent for the other classes to do that."
Those interested in contributing to the cause can make a donation to the Brainerd School District, directed to the senior class fund. Haire said businesses that make a donation will be able to include their name on a sign which will hang on the fence at the field.
"This is the senior class wanting to leave something for the school so we can best utilize the football field," Haire said.
Questions about donating can be directed via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. This year's graduation ceremony is planned at 7 p.m. June 5.