Friday, February 15, 2019 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews
Proviso Township High School District 209 graduation ceremonies for the next two years will be at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago, continuing a more than decade-long tradition.
During a regular meeting on Feb. 12, the D 209 school board voted unanimously to approve a two-year contract with the University of Illinois at Chicago to hold the district’s graduation ceremonies on Sunday, May 19, 2019 and Sunday, May 24, 2020 at the Pavilion.
Since 2007, the district has held its graduation ceremonies at the facility every year except for one. In 2014, the ceremonies were held at the Rosemont Theatre.
The rental fee at the Pavilion will remain the same — $32,000 per day, Rodriguez said. Parking is $10 for attendees.
The board decided on using the UIC Pavilion back in September after reviewing a variety of alternatives. Some community members had hoped that the ceremonies would be held somewhere locally, perhaps even at District 209 campuses.
School officials, however, determined that capacity limitations, cost factors and distance made holding graduation on the district’s campuses or at other facilities, such as the Donald Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, less feasible options than holding it at UIC. VFP
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