NEWSFLASH: Darien High School Graduation will be held indoors this evening. The ceremony will be held in the auditorium at 5 pm and access is by rain ticket only. Doors open at 4 pm, Please enter at the Auditorium entrance. Simulcast options: online (see link on DHS web page) or in the main gym where no tickets are required.
The Darien Athletic Foundation is also running a simulcast on its YouTube channel here.
A hazardous weather outlook is in effect for Darien and the surrounding area Tuesday. Showers and scattered thunderstorms are expected this afternoon and early evening which could produce locally heavy rain. The exact timing and duration of heaviest rain is still uncertain, but flash floods are possible.
Showers are likely, then showers and possibly a thunderstorm after noon on Tuesday. Some of the storms could produce heavy rainfall. High near 68. East wind 3 to 7 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a half and three quarters of an inch possible.
On Tuesday night, showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm. Some of the storms could produce heavy rainfall. Patchy fog after midnight. Otherwise, cloudy, with a low around 61. East wind 6 to 8 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New precipitation amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.
Darien High School's graduation is on the DHS Stadium Field, weather permitting. No tickets are needed if the ceremony is held outdoors, and seating is unlimited (see rain plan information, below). Seniors should arrive by 4:00 p.m. and report to the South Gym for robing and final preparations. Gates open at 4:00 p.m. and seats are first-come, first-served. There will be folding chair seats on the field, as well as the entire home side bleachers. The stage is elevated so all seats on the field and bleachers have good sight lines. The ceremony will last about one hour and forty-five minutes.
The decision on indoors or outdoors will be made by noon on Tuesday. If graduation is indoors in the DHS Auditorium, seating will be by rain ticket only. Each graduating senior will receive two rain tickets for admission to the DHS Auditorium with their cap and gown the day before graduation (ticket envelope is white with a blue stripe on it). Lost tickets will not be replaced and seating will be at the discretion of DHS Administrators. If the ceremony is moved indoors, doors to the Auditorium will open at 4:00 p.m. and seats are first-come, first-served. Admission to each level of the Auditorium will be limited to the number of seats available on that level (no standing). Because of the size of the graduating class, most of the lower level of the Auditorium will be used to accommodate the class. Once the ceremony begins all attendees in the Auditorium will be requested to remain in their seats for the duration (i.e., no photography by stage).
Regardless of the weather, the graduation ceremony will be simulcast live in the air conditioned Main Gymnasium. Please note this location may not be comfortable for elderly or frail family members as seating is on folding chairs or in the bleachers. On a hot day, this location is ideal for those who are uncomfortable outdoors in the heat. If the ceremony is moved indoors because of inclement weather, this area will be designated as overflow seating, no tickets required. Children under 13 must be accompanied by an adult. The ceremony will also be simulcast live through the DHS website (Student Life tab, Video on Demand) and on local Channel 78. It will also be simulcast by the Darien Athletic Foundation via Youtube channel. You can watch here.
The rest of the week's forecast:
A slight chance of showers between noon and 2pm, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 2pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 77. Calm wind becoming southeast 5 to 7 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 30%.
A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 64. East wind 3 to 6 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%.
A chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible after noon. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 77. Southeast wind 3 to 6 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%.
Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 63. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.
A 30 percent chance of showers before 3pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 76.