When Anthony walked across the stage at his high school graduation, his family made some noise.
“It was my dream to graduate,” he said.
The excitement proved too much for the administration.
Instead of a diploma, Anthony got a letter from the principal, Marlon Styles, Jr.
“I will be holding your diploma in the main office,” the letter said, “due to the excessive cheering your guests displayed during the roll call.”
What the what?! If family and friends’ cheering at the commencement is punishable, then every other student at my school would be punished. I agree that graduation is a solemn event. But at the same time, graduation is a celebration: it should be fun.