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Naugatuck High School graduation ceremony to move to another town

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Some Naugatuck High School seniors and their parents told Eyewitness News they were upset over where the students' graduation ceremony will be held. 

Naugatuck graduation is usually held on Veterans' Field at Naugatuck High School. But this year, school officials decided to move the big celebration to another town. 

Instead, graduation will be held at the Palace Theater in Waterbury on June 24.

Some students said they aren't happy about the decision.

"They came in here from 7:30 a.m. to 2 o'clock every day for the four or five years and would like to end it here," said Roy Bond, who is a senior at Naugatuck High School.

Naugatuck High School is undergoing a major $81 million facelift, which is an almost three year project that is expected to be completed by 2016.

Another issue is the tickets and how many each family will get since the Palace only holds 2,500 people.

"We are a little worried because we have family coming from Arizona and Alabama," Mike Whitney said. "And we're going to try and scrap some tickets up, so hopefully some other students won't have many guests and can exchange it, and do it that way."

School officials said the plan is to give each student seven tickets.

Bond said he doesn't mind having it at the Palace Theater in Waterbury as long as he gets his diploma.

"There has been so many great legends that have walked that stage, so it's incredible to transition from high school to adulthood on such a powerful stage," Bond said.

Last year's graduation was held at the Palace Theater in Waterbury too and school officials said next year's graduation will be there too.

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