Heat Causes Some Schools to Move Graduation

At least two schools in the Central Valley have had to adjust their graduation ceremony times in response to extreme heat.

The June 5th and 6th ceremonies at Clovis West High School, Buchanan, Madera South, and Madera High were adjusted by 30 minutes. 

“This change in graduation ceremony times is a response to the forecast high temperatures in the Central Valley,” Clovis Unified spokesperson Desiree Aragon said. “It ensures that students, families, and staff can celebrate this momentous occasion in a safe, comfortable environment.” 

Triple digit temperatures in the Central Valley are expected to last through Friday. They’re the result of a heat dome blanketing much of the state. The phenomenon occurs when atmospheric pressure traps hot ocean air over a particular region.