For the sake of congenial discourse I don’t like to throw the word retarded around very much but the graduation policy at Galesburg High school most certainly calls for it:
Caisha Gayles graduated with honors last month, but she is still waiting for her diploma. The reason: the whoops of joy from the audience as she crossed the stage.
Gayles was one of five students denied diplomas from the lone public high school in Galesburg after enthusiastic friends or family members cheered for them during commencement.
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.
“It was like one of the worst days of my life,” said Gayles, who had a 3.4 grade-point average and officially graduated, but does not have the keepsake diploma to hang on her wall. “You walk across the stage and then you can’t get your diploma because of other people cheering for you. It was devastating, actually.”
Maybe it’s because I’m such a bore but I never found graduation ceremonies to be worth all the pomp and circumstance. It’s really for the families which is primarily why I attended my own. So because one family got a little too excited when they heard their daughter’s name called she was denied a diploma.
I’m never surprised when it comes to ridiculous public school policies that in effect do nothing more than bother students, but this one was just so close to breaking out when the system got her.