“No diploma for you. Next!”

Five students at the Galesburg Illinois high school have been denied their diplomas, not for anything they did, but because people in the audience had the audacity to cheer when they walked across the stage.

Clarke Campbell, president of the Indianapolis school board, defended the idiocy. “It’s an important, solemn occasion,” he said. “There’s plenty of time for celebration before and after.”

I get the feeling Clark doesn’t get invited to too many celebrations before or after anything.


3 Comment(s)

  1. Once again, the media provides entertainment and labels it as news.

    The implication is that those five kids were not allowed to graduate. Not so. They simply weren’t provided with their diplomas.

    Whoopie do. I’ve never used my high school diploma for anything other than something to occupy space in a box. Who does?

    If these kids are applying for a job or college, then that organization will verify graduation directly with the high school. Since the requirements for graduation mention nothing about “ensuring that all members of the audience remain quiet while you’re on stage at graduation,” I doubt it’s gonna be an issue.

    Yet another tempest for the teapot.


    JB | Jun 7, 2007 | Reply

  2. That is stupid.

    I had people cheering when I got my high school diploma a few years back. In fact the response that I got from my peers, you would have actually thought I was popular.

    Harley | Jun 9, 2007 | Reply

  3. They ‘will’ require a diploma if they wish to get a foreign work visa for many countries. I had to “get” a HS diploma in order to work in Austria (I had neither a diploma or GED, but had worked for GE, IBM, and MS).

    That said, the wrestling mats weren’t as expensive as I expected.


    Frank | Jul 10, 2007 | Reply

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