Calif. law: Full military regalia is OK
A state legislator then introduced Chapter 296, which became law in California, guaranteeing that active members of the military can display full military regalia at graduation.
Local control has left the state with a patchwork of rules when it comes to things such as graduation attire. While Brandon Garabrant couldn't wear his uniform as he approached the podium for his diploma at ConVal, Tony Proulx, a senior at Somersworth High School, could wear his uniform at graduation ceremonies, according to Foster's Daily Democrat. The paper also reported that Devyn Butler, a Spaulding High School student, could not wear his Army sash.
Somersworth may well be an exception in the state when it comes to military uniforms.
"I've been in the business for 41 years as a high school principal and superintendent. Uniformly, kids always wear the same cap and gown at graduation," said Mark Joyce, executive director of the New Hampshire School Administrators Association.
Manchester School Superintendent Tom Brennan said he's never seen anyone at a graduation wear anything but a cap and gown. "My recollection is, as long as it's cap and gown, it's cap and gown for everyone," he said.
The report went on to say, "Others disagree with these policy concerns, insisting that a school board has great control over variations of the dress code at a graduation ceremony, just as they have been permitted to regulate the freedom of speech and expression in the school setting."
That would have presented a problem for the young serviceman, since Marine dress protocol demands that the uniform never be covered. The Marines stepped in to put the controversy to rest, at least for now.
"The United States Marine Corps would like to congratulate Pfc. Brandon Garabrant on not only graduating high school but fulfilling all of his educational requirements early, thus allowing him to ship to recruit training and become one of the newest members of our beloved corps," said Lett. "The United States Marine Corps is proud to have him amongst our ranks, but support the school's decision to have Pfc. Garabrant walk across the stage in a cap and gown, as this is recognition of his accomplishments at ConVal and the final chapter of his high school career."
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