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Graduation Ceremony Restraint

Enough of the Hootin' and Hollerin'. Graduates should get the respect they deserve .

Joy. Pride. Accomplishment.

These are all emotions worthy of vocal expression,

I agree.

BUT... 

But when you are clearly given direction not to express yourself vocally and outwardly-shouldn’t you comply?

Many of you have recently attended graduation ceremonies.

Fill in the event; 8th grade, high school, college – it doesn’t matter.

The point is still the same – should you comply with the expressed request to hold the applause and pipe down the cheering for your graduate – out of respect for the next graduate being called – so that they may have the same attention and courtesy as your graduate?

As a solution to this chronic outburst, it had been suggested that the rules change to conform with the holler-“er” and to allow them their joyful, expressive moment.

Should rules be changed to conform to the rogue families and friends of graduates – or should we just continue to ask for civility? 

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lala June 19, 2012 at 11:16 AM
There is no need to change the rules. If that is done, there will need to be a five minute pause between each name being called. It is extremely rude and inconsiderate of these family members to be hooting and blowing off air horns. The kids behave better. The adults need to grow up. I can only imagine how embarrassed their kids feel!

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