Judge Upholds 9 A.M. Graduation Time

PERTH AMBOY – Perth Amboy High School’s graduation ceremony will take place at 9 a.m. tomorrow after an administrative law judge okayed Superintendent Janine Walker Caffrey’s decision to change the traditional evening time, according to a MyCentralJersey.com report.

Parents opposed the time change, arguing that the daytime graduation would force them to choose between attending a milestone event in their children’s lives or missing a day of work, and in some cases, a day’s pay.

The ceremony had been held in the evening for at least 40 years, but Caffrey decided to change it and informed parents in late May without asking for input. The shift to 9 a.m. was made because of safety concerns about the likelihood of afternoon heat and thunderstorms, according to Caffrey.

The high school graduation shift also affected the time of the middle school graduation ceremony, which had traditionally been held earlier on the same day as the high school ceremony. The middle school graduation is being held this morning.

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