Graduation Should Be For All Students, Not An Elite Few

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I was pleased to hear others are in agreement about the unnecessary inclusion of scholarship recipients in the high school graduation ceremony.

Though I believe they should be recognized, either written in the program and/or by standing by their chair as all of their achievements are announced, I also believe it is unfair to prolong the commencement exercise for a handful of students to the extent of extreme length as was the case for the class of 2000.

My elderly parents were in attendance to watch their grandson and granddaughter graduate this past year. But due to the drawn-out length and the heat of midday, they had no choice but to leave early.

Hence, all they were able to see was the band and chorus and then the same students announced, get up, walk to the podium, return to their seats only to be announced again for another award, and again up from their seats to the podium and back again. This happened again and again.

In other words, my parents never got to see their grandchildren graduate after making a three-hour drive to do so.

Graduation is for all of those students who meet the requirements. Though they may not have earned a scholarship, this does not mean they should be any less recognized in their efforts to graduate from high school. After all, it is a graduation ceremony, not an honors ceremony. It should be a celebration for all to enjoy and for all to be awarded for this achievement.

Please, Payson High School administration, rethink your position on this and do what is right for all of the graduating class members and their families, not just an elite few.

Cynthia Gabel, Payson

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