[POLL] Graduation Ceremonies: Should Screaming Be Allowed?

Has the noise level in Jefferson and elsewhere gotten out of hand?

Jefferson educators are gearing up for the moving up ceremonies that will begin here net week, annual occurrences that will culminate in the Jefferson High School graduation on June 22.

But no doubt at least some are dreading these ceremonies. Why? Because—while graduation ceremonies around the country used to be highly structured classy affairs—many have disintegrated into hours of clapping, whistling and, mostly, screaming.

Screaming has gotten so out of hand that at least some schools have had to put the kibosh on all the noise.

Indeed, only a few days ago, a South Carolina woman said police escorted her out of her daughter's graduation for cheering and then charged her with disorderly conduct.

According to graduation etiquette websites—and there are several—you should hold your applause until every graduate's name has been called.

You should also turn off your cell phone and stay until every graduate's name has been read out.

In Montclair, high school graduation is supposed to be held in the amphitheatre unless it rains, which means the ceremony is moved indoors.

Although the parents of graduating seniors are reminded to act with some decorum, there is at least a bit of hooting and hollering that goes on each year at the Montclair High School graduation.

So far, there is no prohibition on screaming here in Montclair.

So what do you think? Should the noise level be contained in some way? Let us know in the comments section below.

Bob June 12, 2012 at 02:44 PM
I'm sure the graduates would prefer not to have their family screaming when they are callled. My pet peeve is the air horn, especially when the ceremony is moved indoors. But honestly I fear the rules they would try to come up with because all too often, everything becomes black and white with school systems.
ap June 22, 2012 at 12:44 PM
It is fine to breifly cheer as they call the kids names-but do not carry on and ruin it for the next kid in line!


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