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Snow forces several graduation ceremonies to change venue, delay start time

MORRISON, Colo. -- Many schools were left scrambling to move graduation ceremonies indoors because of a late-season snowstorm that hit the Denver metro area on Thursday.

Three ceremonies scheduled Thursday at Red Rocks Amphitheater were moved and three more ceremonies scheduled for Friday at the famed venue also had to be moved.

Outdoor graduation ceremonies typically go on regardless of weather, but the heavy snow, wind and rain made it impossible to have the ceremonies at Red Rocks.

"It’s a little bit of stress," Denver Coliseum and Red Rocks venue director Tad Bowman said. "It would be nicer if the weather was great outside and we had the graduations like planned and as scheduled. But in some ways, these are things we’ve done in the past and we’re sort of used to making these adjustments as we go."

Dakota Ridge's ceremony Friday has been moved from Red Rocks to the Denver Coliseum at 9 a.m.

Golden High School will hold its graduation in the school gymnasium at 9 a.m. Friday.

Evergreen's graduation Friday has been moved from Red Rocks to the Denver Coliseum at 2 p.m.

Chatfield's ceremony Friday has been moved from Red Rocks to the Denver Coliseum at 7 p.m.

It's suggested patrons allow an additional 30 to 40 minutes to get to the Coliseum because of road construction in the area.

Rock Canyon's ceremony will be held Saturday at Echo Park Stadium at 9 a.m.

Conifer High School is moving its ceremony from the field to the gym at 11 a.m. Saturday.

Douglas County will hold its graduation ceremony at 1 p.m. Saturday at the school's stadium.

Adams County School District One's Mapleton Public Schools is delaying its graduation ceremony on Saturday by two hours.

The ceremony for seniors and their families will begin at noon at DiTirro Stadium on the Skyview Campus.

Columbine will hold its graduation ceremony at 1 p.m. Sunday at Magness Arena on the campus of University of Denver.

On Thursday, graduation ceremonies for Columbine, Bear Creek and Green Mountain high schools were moved from Red Rocks because of the snow.