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Diplomas Held From Students For Throwing Caps In The Air


Remember graduation, you couldn’t wait to toss that cap in the air showing you made it. These students will have to wait to get their diplomas for doing just that.

According to, an entire class of graduating seniors just outside of Chicago, were denied their diplomas after they ignored warnings not to through their graduation caps into the air during the commencement ceremonies, and because they did, these Ridgewood High School seniors will NOT be given their diplomas until they make an public apology.

School administrators said that these seniors were repeatedly warned before the ceremony, and their decision to go ahead and toss their caps was “disrespectful.”  Superintendent Dr. Robert Lupo said in his blog that there was a reason why they wouldn’t allow this action.

“The gym is decorated; people dress up; we expect dignified behavior. Secondly, it is an indoor event. In past ceremonies, people have been hit by flying caps. We’d just as soon not have graduates leaving with cuts and black eyes.”  As far as those seniors who did follow the rules, Lupo said they should “voice their concerns with students who didn’t listen.

I do know when I graduated from High School, there was a girl in my class that got her eye cut from the pointy corner of her graduation cap, but to me, that’s a bit of a rare occasion.  Denying these students the chance to celebrate by the traditional “throwing of the caps,” is bad enough, but to deny their diplomas?

What do you think, do you think these students deserve this rather harsh punishment, or do you think the Superintendent is going a bit overboard?


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