Parents have been voicing concerns ever since the announcement was made that the 2015 Graduation for all high schools would be held at UNO's Sapp Fieldhouse. There was nothing wrong with the venue, except the limited seating only allowed for four family members per graduate to attend.
On Friday, OPS officials made the decision to move all of its 2015 high school graduation ceremonies to the Mid-America Center in Council Bluffs.
The initial change of venue was prompted by the closing of the Civic Auditorium, a place that OPS has held graduations for decades.
District officials took a look around the metro for alternative venues and settled on the Sapp Fieldhouse at UNO.
The small size limited the district to a four-tickets-per-graduate policy for the one year in which graduations would be held in that building.
Several parents voiced concerns, not only to OPS, but to WOWT 6 News.
These concerns are what prompted officials to make the decision to move graduation to the Mid-America Center for one year.
According to OPS, the venue seats 7,000 people, which is a capacity similar to that of the Civic.
With this space, that means the familiar six per family ticket allowance is back on, with additional tickets available for $3 each.
OPS plans to hold future graduations, 2016 and beyond, at UNO’s brand-new arena at 67th & Center. Construction on the new arena is expected to be complete in a year.