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Graduation column

Posted Wednesday, April 23, 2008, at 1:59 PM

School Board member Diane Neeley has submitted a column about the graduation decorum issue. We won't be able to get it into the print newspaper until Sunday, but because discussion of this issue has been so vigorous among our online readers I thought I'd go ahead an post it now online:


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Here is a math equation since we are discussing education and academics:

Constructive Criticism + Bedford County Board of Education = NONEXISTANT!

But hey, I expect this kind of response when anyone questions their way of thinking.

-- Posted by jaxspike on Wed, Apr 23, 2008, at 3:17 PM

Good Grief jaxspike.....shut up!

-- Posted by ontheoutside on Wed, Apr 23, 2008, at 3:53 PM

Diane - you did a beautiful job of explaining your concerns about graduation. In my opinion, you are absolutely correct.

SCHS has one of the best graduation ceremonies in Tennessee. I am, however, a tad bit partial since I was part of one those "boring, stuffy, old-fashioned" graduations at SCHS many moons ago. :^)

-- Posted by amori_da_viaggiare on Wed, Apr 23, 2008, at 6:33 PM

Diane Neeley, when I suggested a "Brief Hand clap" by the parents or family after their childs name, I mentioned (4-6 claps) which would actually be "Under 4-6 SECONDS". No where near 1 minute per child. The child would have only walked about 3-4 steps in that time. Not to mention their family will probably be less than 10 people.

This of course was "Just a Suggestion" to try and make both the School officials, parents and graduates all happy. Something sort of in the middle for all parties involved. I know you can't please everybody though.

-- Posted by Momof3&3step&1gran on Wed, Apr 23, 2008, at 8:57 PM

Sorry ontheoutside . . . my opinion is just as valid as yours.

-- Posted by jaxspike on Wed, Apr 23, 2008, at 9:43 PM

when i graduated from comunity h.s., we took the time to walk into the crowd and give our mothers a rose and shake our fathers hand. this ceremony is not just be about the students, it also should be a time to offer a special "thank you" to the ones that brought us into the world, who supported and paid for our education. do cermonies do this anymore??

-- Posted by farmerman on Thu, Apr 24, 2008, at 7:11 AM

A few still do:-)

-- Posted by Jacks4me on Thu, Apr 24, 2008, at 7:24 AM

I am thankful for a school board that understands class. The ceremony itself is not the time for screaming but a time of reflection on the past, present, and the future of the graduating class. The graduation ceremony at SCHS is the most continuous tradition that we have. Mr. Bone and the men that have followed him (Mr. Boyd and Mr. Embry) have always tried to give each student their time and respect on this very special day. No one tries to limit anyone's joy but there has to be a standard or the next thing we know beach balls, water guns, and air horns will be the tradition. Please leave graduation as it is, simple and dignified.

-- Posted by gordo1965 on Thu, Apr 24, 2008, at 7:25 AM

I think a few claps when a students name is said doesn't hurt a thing. How a few claps can turn into a one minute delay per student like Mrs. Neeley suggest in her column is very hard to believe....It's a time of joy not sorrow!!!!

Lets not make a big deal out of everything...like the need of our new dress code (Oh..I'm sorry if I wasn't suppose to bring that subject up again)

-- Posted by reader_2 on Thu, Apr 24, 2008, at 2:32 PM

Well honestly I can see both sides of this because I have been to graduations where the people were screaming, clapping, blowing air horns so much you couldn't even hear your child's name being called. I realize it is a happy time but it is suppose to be for all students not just the loudest.

-- Posted by Dianatn on Thu, Apr 24, 2008, at 2:40 PM

I graduated from Community H.S. also and done the rose to mom. Do they still do that? I haven't been to one there since 1989.

Anyway, I've only attended a Central graduation once and could not believe how long it took!

We done good to have thirty students per class but this was 356 at that time.

It makes since to me to hold applause till the end of it all. But it is a shame that each student can't have a small-clap from their loved ones. They SO deserve it!

-- Posted by mmp84 on Thu, Apr 24, 2008, at 4:29 PM

since = sense

-- Posted by mmp84 on Thu, Apr 24, 2008, at 4:45 PM

When I graduated from schs they had to say my name twice because the family of the student before me was making so much noise you couldn't hear my name. The principal at that time stopped and made them say it again and I really appreciate that because I think that it was showing me respect.

-- Posted by shooter44 on Thu, Apr 24, 2008, at 9:57 PM

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