Wow. I attended the JCHS commencement ceremony Sunday evening, and I think the only things missing were the elephants and juggling clowns.
To all the adults in the crowd who thought it was okay to visit amongst yourselves so that others around you could not hear what was going on, shame on you. For all the adults who thought it was okay to allow their small children to be disruptive, shame on you, and thank you staff and faculty for allowing this.
To the family members and friends who thought it was okay to mingle among the students during the ceremony, all the people who were blocking the students from coming off the stage after receiving their diplomas, all the people who blocked the aisle so the student couldn't walk down it, all the people who gathered in the front of the students in clusters, during the ceremony, shame on you!! There should not have been anyone on that gym floor except for students. Most importantly, to every board member, administrative member, faculty and staff member that allowed all this to happen, shame on you!
I know that the evening had to be rearranged somewhat due to being indoors, but was it really necessary to have two students at a time receiving their diplomas. Didn't each and every one of those students deserve their 30 seconds of personal recognition, after having spent the past 12 years working towards that exact moment?
They should not have had to bump into, and trip over each other on, or, coming off the stage. Why did the students not file out at the end of the ceremony, who decided to just let them disperse like a fourth of July smoke bomb?
I and numerous parents were appalled and embarrassed for our guests at how this evening was handled by the adults involved with the process. I can't wait to see the video of the evening. I will make sure to have popcorn on hand!
I also spent several hours at project graduation. It ran without a hitch. Wonder why, oh wait, the parents were in charge of that!
The Class of 2011 deserves an apology from someone!! One of my guests who came from Kentucky just for the ceremony, said it best "and everyone makes fun of the state I live in!"