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Nampa district’s venue change for graduations saves cash, but causes concern about guest capacity

Nampa school officials have announced that the district’s three traditional schools will hold graduation ceremonies on their campuses, rather than at the Idaho Center. The cost-cutting move is expected to save about $12,000.

The last time graduation was held at school campuses was in 2003 (that was before Columbia High School had opened), district spokeswoman Allison Westfall said.

Students from Nampa High and Skyview High upset by the change — and concerned that they be limited in who they can invite to their graduation — told KIVI-Channel 6 that they have started petitions in the hopes of getting the district to reverse its decision.

Westfall told the Statesman Tuesday that the schools are still finalizing their graduation plans. She said all the schools are planning to hold ceremonies in their football stadiums and won’t require tickets for the outdoor venue. They are also working on their contingency plan for bad weather; indoor venues likely require tickets.

Graduation dates and status updates:

- Nampa High School, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 22.

Stadium capacity – about 4,000, no ticket required for outdoor graduation; contingency tickets are planned if an indoor venue is needed.

- Skyview High School, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 23.

Stadium capacity – about 3,070, no ticket required for outdoor graduation; still finalizing indoor plans.

- Columbia High School, 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 24.

Columbia capacity – about 3,110, no ticket required for outdoor graduation; still finalizing indoor plans.

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