The conduct and policies at high school graduations was a hot topic of discussion Tuesday evening at the New Hanover County school board policy meeting.
Several high school principals were in attendance to discuss concerns about their high school graduation ceremonies. The inappropriate decorating of mortarboards, excessive amount of cords being worn by students, and disrespectful cheering at graduation ceremonies were all topics of concern.
School board member Lisa Estep said preventing students from expressing themselves was a "killjoy" move. New Hanover County Deputy Superintendent Rick Holliday said he's experienced graduation ceremonies that get out of hand, even with preparation being made.
Potential changes to the policy include allowing cords and other regalia recognizing outstanding academic achievement. The names and logos of universities and post-secondary programs should not be displayed was also stated.
The first reading of the above policy changes will take place in August.
New Hanover County Deputy Superintendent Rick Holliday will also continue to work with high school principals on other graduation ceremony changes.
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