It wasn't that many years back when some Harford County high schools were organizing graduation ceremonies at relatively large venues outside the county, notably in Towson.
The argument for the practice was rather pragmatic: Each graduate was allocated a relatively small number of tickets to graduation ceremonies held in the home high schools, so not all the family members who might want to attend were able to.
There were plenty of pragmatic arguments against the practice, as well. Sure, it's relatively easy to move a graduation ceremony a few miles from Fallston to Towson, but from
Then there's the practical matter that even Fallston to Towson isn't necessarily an easy trip for the families of all graduates, and the issue that someone who graduates from Harford County Public Schools probably ought to graduate in Harford County.
On the whole, the weakness of the idea of out-of-county graduations showed itself relatively quickly and it hasn't been done in recent years, but only after some new schools were built with larger auditoriums.
This year, thanks to the opening of the new
This spring, five of Harford County's public high schools will be taking advantage of the extra space and holding commencement at HCC, which is perfectly reasonable. The college, and the adjacent Harford Technical High School campus, were situated to the west of Churchville on Route 22 because the site is at about the geographic center of the county.