I was saddened to find out that Lodi Unified School District chose to hold the high school graduations in Stockton.
One of the best things about graduating from Lodi High School was taking part in the time-honored ceremony at the Grape Bowl. I was a flower girl for two years, first as a sophomore because my sister was graduating, and again as a junior, which was when all girls could participate. It was well-organized by our physical education instructor Ann Ganzer Braden.
The experience was amazing, not only for the flower girls and graduates, but the audience as well. After the flower girls filed in, the graduates entered the stadium — what an awesome sight! All the while, music flowed from the band, which was seated in front of the Lodi High backdrop. Ah, what wonderful memories!
I cannot imagine the justification for dropping this longtime tradition. Can anyone tell me why Lodi broke from tradition and moved the graduations to Stockton?