Did you receive you High School Diploma?
June 2, 2007 10:47am CST
This is enough to make my blood boil! Five students from Galesburg, Ill., who just happened to be black or hispanic, were denied their deplomas due to members of the audience making loud noise, yelling or being unruly. Now, mind you, this might be just a three second outburst but it was grounds for denial of the student receiving a diploma. Yes, they graduated, but they did not receive that diploma. To qualify for it they must do ten hours of community service. It wasn't the student who made the blunder, but a member of the audience. It wasn't just a member of the family, it could also be someone they did not invite personally. Now, where is the justification in this? I find this biased, unjust and wrong. Did you get denied your diploma? Do you feel this is beyond reason? What is your view on this matter?
• United States
2 Jun 07
This didn't happen to me, it happened to five students in Galesburg, Ill. I was shocked to see it in the news and to know that a school could actually pull something like this. This control issue and ones like it are totally out of control! It is like "Big Brother" all over again. I don't blame people for being excited for their friends and family. I also cheered when my daughters and their friends graduated. I cheered the loudest when the mentally and physically challenged graduated. They had the biggest obstacles to overcome. Graduation is a time of great joy and excitement and to expect a crowd to be completely quiet is unreasonable and power out of control. I can understand being quiet until a list of people is read off and then getting vocal when those people proceed to the podium. I congratulate all those who make it to graduation and I wish them every happiness!