Statement from Chrissi Rawak, Athletic Director, University of Delaware
Last night the Bob Carpenter Center hosted students and families for the 2017 William Penn High School graduation ceremony. After the start of the event, the venue was closed for further admission. This difficult decision was made by the staff of the Bob Carpenter Center and the University of Delaware Police Department due to concerns over concourse congestion and the safety of those already in the building.
We understand what a special moment this was in the lives of students and families. It is very unfortunate that some families were unable to attend the ceremonies and we apologize to those impacted.
We will work closely with the Colonial School District to come to a resolution. Additionally, we will review the facts, as well as our procedures and policies, to fully understand how this situation occurred. We want to ensure that a situation like this can be prevented in the future.