2007
06.10


About a month before the May 27 ceremony, Galesburg High students and their parents had to sign a contract promising to act in dignified way. Violators were warned they could be denied their diplomas and barred from the after-graduation party.

I applaud schools that are applying this policy. There is nothing more rude than hoots, hollers, cow bells, air horns, and other noises that drown out parts of the graduation ceremony.

Five students – four black and one Hispanic – were denied their diplomas, but the school has since released their diplomas because the parents were insisting that the school only denied their diplomas because they were … wait for it … RACIST!

It had nothing to do with your son or daughter being black or Hispanic, it had to do with the student’s family lacking the ability to shut the hell up during graduation.

The noise “was like three seconds. It was like, `Yay,’ and that was it,” one of the mothers said.

Three seconds is a hell of a long time to scream YAY!

Earlier in the interview with the mother that said she only screamed for three seconds, the mother denied being disruptive. Decide on a story and stick to it.

The school set aside a punishment of eight hours of public service work in order for the students to get their diplomas, which I don’t agree with at all. The students should not have been punished – the parents or other people that were being disruptive should be the ones being punished.

  1. Our graduation was outside, but we all were asked to politely not disrupt the ceremony. We didn’t, because we were the last class getting to have graduation outside, and wanted to leave an impression.

    However, I don’t think its wrong if parents/friends/etc cheer for a student when they’re getting their diploma. If it becomes a problem, then I could see the point. But I know that I would have been pretty pissed of if my family/boyfriend/friends cheering for me getting my diploma and getting honors/scholarships had cost me my graduation.

  2. That’s why most schools have a limitation as to how many people get to go for each student, and in some cases – who actually gets to go. I think the only ones that should be at graduation are the parents and any immediate family, like brothers or sisters.

  3. I think that’s stupid. Graduation from high school is a big deal to some people and they can’t contain their happiness. Who cares? Does anyone really want to hear what some condescending little snot-nosed Valedictorian has to say in his or her address anyway? I think not.

  4. [quote post=”1161″]That’s why most schools have a limitation as to how many people get to go for each student, and in some cases – who actually gets to go.[/quote]
    We each got 5 tickets to graduation (since it was outside). But like if you needed more then you could get some from the people who didn’t need that many. If you didn’t have a ticket graduation night, you didn’t get into the stadium.

  5. [quote post=”1161″]I think that’s stupid. Graduation from high school is a big deal to some people and they can’t contain their happiness. [/quote]
    They can do like everyone else and get trashed at a graduation party to show off how much excitement there is.

  6. “I applaud schools that are applying this policy. ”

    “I don’t agree with at all. The students should not have been punished – the parents or other people that were being disruptive should be the ones being punished.”

    Way to contradict yourself.

  7. The school’s policy was that the students would not get their diploma and not be permitted to attend the party afterwards. She approves of that. The school’s flip-flopping and kowtowing by changing the punishment to community service is what she doesn’t approve of. Way to read the whole entry.

  8. To avoid further confusion —

    I approve: Enforcing people to act respectful at graduations.

    I do not approve: Students being punished instead of the people that are causing the disruption. Although I highly disapprove of the school backing down on the policy that had already been signed and agreed to.

  9. [quote post=”1161″]They can do like everyone else and get trashed at a graduation party to show off how much excitement there is.[/quote]

    Or make like me and don’t bother to show up, since it’s completely pointless and a waste of time. I believe I went to the movies while my HS graduation took place – best decision I ever made.