Egg Harbor Township High School exterior

Egg Harbor Township High School

Laura Stetser

EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP— The commencement ceremony for the Egg Harbor Township High School class of 2017 has been moved up an hour earlier, due to the weather forecast.

According to an all-call message that went out around 9 a.m., the ceremony will now begin at 5 p.m. instead of its previously scheduled time of 6:10 p.m. Shuttle buses for spectators will begin to run starting at 2:45 p.m. from the Dr. Joyanne D. Miller School and Alder Avenue and Fernwood Avenue middle schools. Graduates must be at their designated shuttle locations no later than 3:30 p.m. in order to arrive at the school in time for the procession.

According to Meteorologist Dan Skeldon, the decision regarding graduations is a tough one for administrators.

“I don't envy those that have to make the call, as storms could arrive as early as 5-6 p.m., or hold off until after 8-10 p.m. Forecasting the precise timing of storms 12 hours ahead of time is still impossible,” he wrote on his Facebook wall this morning.

Skeldon said some storms will “pack a punch with heavy rain and gusty winds.”

“So if you are outside as the stronger storms approach this evening, please take them seriously. Not everyone will get a severe storm, but the potential is there,” he advised.

The district advised all spectators and graduates to plan for rain as the event is a rain-or-shine ceremony.

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