Public HS Graduation in a Church?

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Public HS Graduation in a Church?
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Wed, 04-28-2010 - 12:45pm

So what do you think about a public high school renting a church to hold its high school graduation?

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Wed, 04-28-2010 - 9:49pm

I think go ACLU, and it's blatantly unconstitutional to hold the graduation there.

There are many other places here that could host the graduation. Asking people who are not Christian - or even in agreement with this church (whose pastor has made some pretty homphobic comments over the years, IIRC), to come to this place is wrong.

Find a spot that is comfortable and welcoming to all. Or use the football field.




Edited 4/28/2010 9:49 pm ET by maryrca
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Thu, 04-29-2010 - 6:30pm

My high school used its own gym. And my college was big enough to have to rent out Brendan Byrne Arena (now Izod) and I got to sing the Alma Mater to 8,000 people.

I agree, though - I understand how nice and cheap it is to use a church. It's even cheaper not to have a ceremony at all, so cheap is not the ultimate goal. No churches. Or synagogues. Or any religious buildings. Use the community center, the football field, the basketball court, the town hall, the community theatre, anything.




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Thu, 04-29-2010 - 7:42pm

A church is definitely not an appropriate venue for a public school graduation ceremony. My high school had it in their gymnasium/auditorium. Worked out just fine. College was outside in the football field. Could have been in gymnasium if weather was bad. They limited # of tickets for each graduating student to accommodate seating. Families had bigger celebrations afterwards to which they could invite a ton of people, rather than invite everyone under the sun to the actual graduation.

Most schools have gymnasiums/auditoriums, or large playing fields/football fields. Heck, even our elementary school does! It's not necessary to seek out a religious venue that would be uncomfortable to some students and their families. Totally inappropriate and unnecessary, IMO. Why the sudden push to use churches? What's the agenda there? People managed for years without resorting to using churches before. Something kind of fishy with pushing a church venue, perhaps? What will they think of next to push religion into public school events or curriculum? (eyeroll)



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Fri, 04-30-2010 - 4:11pm

The town also has 2 high schools, and they want to hold one graduation.

If that makes space a problem, go back to two graduations. I'm pretty sure the parents of kids in one school aren't desperate to sit through twice the ceremony for kids from the other school.

Our HS is also quite large. Graduation in the football field (with a rain location of the gyms, and the second gym would have it piped in to them. Even the football field part was limited for tickets. If we three wanted to see my oldest son graduate, that left 2 tickets with which to accomodate 4 grandparents. We survived, lol.

Someone in this town is obviously just looking for a fight. They know what's right, what's legal and what they should do. They're just itching to make an issue of it.