Should high schools eliminate honors at graduation?
“Watching a son’s or daughter’s graduation ceremony is one of the proudest moments of a parent’s life. Graduation Night is a time when an entire graduating class can celebrate a common achievement, so is it right that some students are honored more than others?”
The article starts with a scene in which a proud mother goes to the graduation ceremony and looks for her son in the event program. It continues:
“Her son’s name happens to be between that of the class valedictorian and a future Ivy-League student. Next to the valedictorian’s name are six icons that recognize the student’s top class rank and participation in multiple honor societies. Next to the future-Ivy-League student’s name are five icons that recognize similar achievements. She knows that her child worked hard to get his name on that list, but she cannot help but notice that her child does not have an icon next to his name......"
“The programs that are handed to parents as they arrive to the ceremony clearly show the differences amongst students in terms of academic achievement. Icons appear next to a student’s name if that student participated in a certain club or received academic honors.
"There are no icons for non-school accomplishments, out-of-school clubs or sports, part-time jobs, or internships. A student may not be able to join a school club because he or she is involved in a swimming club. Another student may be trying to get a head start on a career as an electrician. Regardless of the situation, in-school accomplishments are honored at graduation and out-of-school honors are not. Granted, graduation is a ceremony for school, but it is more of a ceremony for the students who have worked hard to graduate and their parents...."
“....Many schools do have awards ceremonies in addition to graduation, so there is no need for those schools to recognize students again for the accomplishments that the students were honored for at the awards ceremony. Graduation should be a time to get away from the elitist approach of honoring the top academic students, and instead focus on honoring the graduating class as a whole.
“The solutions are simple: Take away the icons on the programs and honor cords that clearly differentiate between students during graduation, and honor those students who would be receiving those honors during the awards ceremony. Let graduation honor the completion of high school. With students being honored for academic achievements at the academic awards ceremony, the graduation ceremony should make an effort to ensure that all students are honored equally. “
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| May 1, 2010; 7:00 AM ET
Categories: High School | Tags: Catonsville High School, awards ceremony, graduation ceremonies, graduation honors, high school graduation, honors awards ceremony
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