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November 21, 2023
DAHS Graduation has always been held here at the school. But, due to construction, it hasn’t always been on the field.
The graduation ceremony in 1986 was held in the parking lot of the school, due to construction in the stadium. This time the construction project is causing the 2022 graduation to be held at the York Fairgrounds Expo Center.
High school graduation is a big part of a student’s life. It is the last step out of high school and getting ready to head out to college.
When looking back at past graduation ceremonies, we see the traditional on-the-field graduation. Some years it didn’t necessarily go as planned.
“Our graduation decorations were rained upon we stayed to save what we could and wipe down the seating in the bleachers—memories for all of us,” DAHS Alumni Sandy Ramage Sterner states.
The class of 2020 had a graduation like no other. Due to covid, the graduation ceremony wasn’t a big school gathering, yet an individual graduation for each student.
Students could bring their families to the field to watch them receive their diplomas.
Some Dallastown students would sit at older sibling graduation ceremonies and later would also graduate in the stadium like their siblings in the years before.
“My brother Tom was in the first graduating class that had all 4 years in the new high school. I graduated in 1971.” TBD says
Many students always look forward to their graduation. It’s an emotional day for not only students but for their families as well. They watch as what once was a little kid grows up into an incredible, responsible, and intelligent student.
Even though many wish they would have their graduation at the stadium, it’s not the place where it is held that counts. But, the memories shared in high school, the friendships made, and the meaning of being able to be together on a special day.