Show deco­rum dur­ing grad­u­a­tion cer­e­monies

Maryland Independent - - Community Forum -

I can’t tell you how many grad­u­a­tions I have at­tended where par­ents and other fam­ily mem­bers are scream­ing and hol­ler­ing when their stu­dent’s name is called. I al­ways feel sorry for the next per­son in line be­cause no one hears that per­son’s name. The grad­u­a­tion of­fi­cial will most likely stop call­ing names un­til the fam­ily qui­ets down. This causes the al­ready long grad­u­a­tion to be ex­tended even longer, every time they have to stop. Where is the re­spect? Where is the com­mon cour­tesy?

It costs noth­ing to be cour­te­ous and it stands to rea­son that one should be as re­spect­ful of other peo­ple’s grad­u­ates as one’s own. Par­ents need to learn to fol­low and re­spect the rules of schools. Grad­u­a­tions are sup­posed to be a joy­ous time for fam­i­lies. Every par­ent is happy and ex­cited about their child grad­u­at­ing and they can’t wait to hear their name called and to see them walk across the stage. How­ever, par­ents need to un­der­stand that there is a time and place for ev­ery­thing. Par­ents need to stop treat­ing grad­u­a­tions like foot­ball games. You can’t just yell and scream for your child at a grad­u­a­tion be­cause it is rude and dis­re­spect­ful to the other stu­dents whose par­ents are wait­ing to hear their names called. School of­fi­cials have strug­gled for decades to find vi­able so­lu­tions to par­ents and fam­ily mem­bers who dis­rupt grad­u­a­tion cer­e­monies by yelling, scream­ing, blow­ing air horns and other­wise mak­ing noise that causes the names of many grad­u­ates to be drowned out. These un­ruly ac­tions di­min­ish the hard-earned recog­ni­tion for other grad­u­ates and of­ten add to the length of grad­u­a­tion cer­e­monies fur­ther in­con­ve­nienc­ing oth­ers. When my son grad­u­ated from high school his el­derly grand­mother at­tended the cer­e­mony. Even though all grad­u­ates were told to make sure their friends and fam­ily did not yell ex­ces­sively, sev­eral peo­ple screamed and made it dif­fi­cult to en­joy com­mence­ment. The grad­u­ate whose name was read just be­fore my son’s had a lot of fam­ily and friends who screamed at the top of their lungs. They yelled for so long that his grand­mother did not hear his name an­nounced. That was not fair to my son, who worked hard to main­tain a good grade-point av­er­age or to his grand­mother who had ea­gerly an­tic­i­pated his grad­u­a­tion. Charles County Pub­lic Schools have asked all the par­ents of se­niors grad­u­at­ing to re­spect the Silent Grad­u­a­tion. Scream and yell at the end of the cer­e­mony af­ter every grad­u­ate has had a chance for their name to be heard.


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