The Class of 2011 arrived early at Dixon High School on Saturday morning donning caps and gowns - holding cell phones in one hand, umbrellas in the other.
They were prepared to be drenched by heavy rain that fell on Dixon Saturday morning, under the assumption that the ceremony would take place rain or shine, but it wasn't meant to be.
Dixon High staff held off the graduation until Wednesday at 6 p.m. The school's staff stood in front of the school's parking lot, handing out fliers that told of the cancellation.The school also did an electronic call to parents warning them of the cancellation, as well as posting it on their web site and on social media sites such as Facebook.
Dixon High Principal Ivan Chaidez said that the school did not anticipate the strength of the storm. The rain that fell throughout the morning caused flooding on the DHS Stadium field and slippery conditions on the stage. Threats of thunderstorms helped staff make the determination to postpone the event.
Staff "put safety first," for DHS students and their guests attending the ceremony Chaidez said. Many students were upset that there was no "Plan B" established. The school's main gynmasium was decorated for Grad Night 2011 - which is scheduled to go on as planned tonight - giving DHS no other alternative for its graduation ceremony.
Many of the students were bummed out because of the cancellation. Some said they had family coming in especially for the ceremony. Others said that the school promised them a graduation Saturday - rain or no rain.
One student, 18-year-old Luka Alaupovic would not be in town on Wednesday. The exchange student said he would be leaving for his home country and would not have the opportunity to walk the stage.
The attached video shows some of the reactions Dixon Patch cameras captured at the school Saturday morning.