Malibu High to host first graduation on athletic field

File Photo: Seniors in the class of 2011 celebrate graduation.

For the first time in the school’s history, Malibu High School will conduct its graduation ceremony on the athletic field. The ceremony is taking place Monday, June 10 and will include a commencement address from local filmmaker Tom Shadyac. Shadyac is best-known for directing the films “Ace Ventura: Pet Detective,” “Liar Liar,” “Bruce Almighty” and the documentary “I Am.”

“It’s a thrill to be able to have a graduation that can accommodate our entire community,” Malibu High Principal Jerry Block said. “With the concurrent celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the opening of Malibu Park Junior High in 1963 and the 20th anniversary of Malibu High’s first ninth grade class, parents, faculty, staff and students opted to try the new venue.”

Teachers, parents and students wanted to move the ceremony to the athletic field because of the view, the larger seating capacity and a “real high school feel,” according to a statement from the school. Aside from the new location, the rest of the ceremony will remain in line with past traditions and will include musical acts, senior speeches and presentation of diplomas.

“After walking the athletic field this week and finalizing our order for the bleachers, I believe this event will mark a high point in the lives of our senior class and Malibu High School,” Graduation Committee member Heather Anderson said.