how formal were the speeches for graduation in your school

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how formal were the speeches for graduation in your school
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Tue, 08-21-2012 - 4:49pm
Prague High School in Oklahoma is refusing to give Class of 2012 Valedictorian Kaitlin Nootbaar her diploma because she used the word "h word" in her speech.

http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/lookout/valedictorian-denied-diploma-speech-hell-134805221.html

What say you if it is your dd?
Do you know where to look for their/ your diploma ?
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Registered: 06-16-1998

IMO the girl earned the diploma based on her coursework and is entitled to it. The school has no right to hold her diploma hostage while waiting for an apology...unless the school handbook clearly states that such an action will occur. The article didn't say that they were also holding her transcript hostage...if they do that then they are asking for a lawsuit. (they may get one over the diploma if they don't back down).

If it had been my dd? If I had known she was going to use that word I would have advised against it, not because its such a "bad word" but because her grandparents might think it was in poor taste. But ultimately it would be her choice, her speech which she earned the right to give based on her grades, her decision on who she is hoping to reach with her words. However I don't live in Oklahoma so I don't know the mores there...maybe if I lived in her town I would have advised more strongly lol. 

I think that the principal would have gotten his point across by simply telling the student that he was disappointed and offended by her use of that word in her speech, and left it at that. 

I think I know where my diploma is but not my kids'.