June 2, 2007

Crowd Noise Nazis

Filed under: Education — acepundit @ 2:01 pm

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.



  1. Kudos to the administration for trying to maintain a bit of decorum at a graduation ceremony.

    People need to know how to act in public. After all, they signed a contact to behave appropriately.

    I have a post on my blog about this. Please feel free to stop by and post a comment no matter how ridiculous they are.

    Comment by Texas Truth — June 2, 2007 @ 5:12 pm | Reply

  2. After 12 years of controlling these kids the administration wanted one last part of the dictatorshiip. The problem is most administrators graduated in the bottom half of their class so thay want to ruin the fun for all since their graduation brings back bad memories.

    Comment by Dave — June 6, 2007 @ 6:49 pm | Reply

  3. Its hard to tell who was right if you weren;t there at the graduations. However, if parents and students signed a contract to act in a dignigied way, then the students must know there will be a recrimination if they fail on their part of the contract. If they knew that family would be yelling and hooting for them, they should not have attended or aksed their families/friends to stay home that day. Its not fair tot he majority to hve the graduation turn into a carnival.

    Comment by r.Lust — June 6, 2007 @ 9:20 pm | Reply

  4. With regards to Texas Truth and r.Lust’s comments: you are right in believing that the school administration has a responsibility to control behavior at graduation ceremonies. But do you really think taking students’ diplomas away from them was the way to do it? This is an outrage. Would it be ironic to take the administrators’ jobs away for their gross abuses of power, or would that be going to far?

    Comment by Stryker — June 7, 2007 @ 9:17 am | Reply

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