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Graduation cheering ban delays diplomas

posted 6/3/2007 2:57:28 PM |
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Just when you thought that you have heard everything along comes a story like this one. I read this one in the newspaper late last night before going to bed. This happened in a city called Galesburg in the state of Illinois. This girl graduated with honors last month where she had a 3.4 G.P.A. and still haven't received her diploma after what happened. About a month before the graduation high school students and their parents had to sign a contract promising to act in a dignified way. Violaters were warned that the could be denied their diplomas and barred from the after-graduation party. This year many schools across the country ask spectators to hold applause and cheers until the end of graduation. But few of them enforce the policy with what some in Galesburg say are strong-arm tactics. According to this girl it was one of the worst days of her life, with no diploma to hang on her wall. She also stated that you walk arcoss the stage and then you can't get your diploma all because of other people cheering for you, and that it was actually devastating. School officals of this small city of 34,000 people had said this get tough policy followed a 2005 commencement where hoots, hollors and even air horns drowned out much of the ceremony and nearly touched off fights in the audience when the unruly were asked to quiet down. A lot of parents complained that they couldn't hear own child's name called. In addition to this girl this has happened there are four others in her class that still haven't receievd their diplomas. This issue taken on added controversy with accusations that the students were targeted because of their race: four are black and one is hispanic. Parents say cheers also erupted for white students, and none of them was denied a diploma. School officals responded that race was absolutely nothing to do with it whatsoever, and that it was the ammount of disruption at the time of the incident.

My thoughts on this is you're going to have people cheering for their kids and the kids they know. Sure, people have to use to discretion on not getting out of hand. But I think this is the wrong approach. I feel that security should have been beefed up and people out of control should be rightfully escorted out. I would love to hear your thoughts on this story and topic.

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Jun 3 @ 3:17PM  
It just sounds like a general lack of tact all around as well as a bad case of guilt by association. It's just a shame that it they took it out on the kids.

Jun 3 @ 3:24PM  
Thats crap....I can understand watching for people taking things too far and asking them to leave but to deny a student their diploma because their family wants to cheer them is way too much. They earned their diploma regardless if someone cheers too loud.

Yes people need to be respectful so people can hear the names being called but isn't that what microphones are good for?

Jun 3 @ 3:24PM  
thats ridiculous, graduation is something to cheer about...

Jun 3 @ 3:52PM  
Another example of what happens when the whole world thinks they should get their way. Everyone trying to make sure everything is fair and everyone is happy all the time. Well get over it life isn't fair and no one is happy all the time. So some people cheered to much and someone complained now cheers are bad. What a bunch of whiney asses. What a great example to set for our children.

Jun 3 @ 4:39PM  
Sorry to most of you but I agree with the educators. When you ruin someone's else graduation you have to pay the price and the price was the diplomas, I saw one graduation a few years ago when one student mooned the crowd. I saw another one where one student tried to take the mike from the person announcing the names.
I see nothing wrong when if a person cheers when a name is read but stop making noise when the next name is announced.
Oh the guy who mooned the crowd was grabbed as he walked out the door and spent the night in jail with his cap and gown. People like that have been stealing the chance for education from other students.

Jun 3 @ 6:29PM  
Screw it, just cancel the damn thing and hold a Nazi rally instead. Everyone knows that HS diplomas are useless in today's economy anyway. They shipped
most of the jobs to China and India so if you're not in a trade or the medical profession you'd better get used to unemployment or minimum wage.

Jun 3 @ 7:08PM  
Harbor if we don't have any jobs why are illegals sneaking across the border? If we stop them weh would have jobs for the uneducated.

Jun 4 @ 9:17PM  
I agree with you. After 13 years of school, the graduate should NOT be punished on their day of recognition because of the crowd's reaction. That's totally wrong!
It was the school's responsibility to punish the offenders and remove them from the events. They had NO right to pass the buck on to the person graduating and make them suffer the consequences of other's actions!

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