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Hersey High School students petition district to reschedule graduation, not cancel it

Posted On: Apr 4, 2020   |   Posted By: WGN TV

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. - A group of Hersey High School students is desperately trying to save graduation.
They are appealing to the school district to reschedule it, not cancel it.
Senior year has been great for Emily Butryn and Hannah Van Merven. Now, all they want to have is a traditional graduation. But they said District 214 isn't giving them that option.
"One was to keep it scheduled where it is now, but change the type of commencement that it was or to cancel it," said Burtyn. "There was no hope in the message about a possible reschedule."
The two have started an online petition that's amassed over 3,000 signatures. Students just want to have traditional graduation at a later date and not have it virtually or an outright cancellation.
"We want to walk that stage," said Van Merven. "Get our diplomas, in our caps and gowns."
The district's superindentent said they are incredibly sorry in a statement on its website.
"To our seniors and their families, I am incredibly sorry that your senior year...

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