Diplomas Withheld At Graduation Ceremonies


Don’t get too excited about high school graduation. Doing so may cost your graduate his diploma. Or even worse: It may land you behind bars.

In Florence, S.C., Sharon Cooper was cuffed and taken to jail when she cheered for her graduating daughter, Iesha Cooper. She was charged with disorderly conduct.

Reportedly, parents were told to hold their applause until the end of the ceremony.

“It got to the point where people were hollering and then grabbing their things immediately to leave. I think EVERY person that acted this way should at least be fined and if taken to jail is what the police officer thought was needed then so be it,” wrote parent Tiffany Bell Dawkins on a local news site. You can see the conversation here.

In Mount Healthy, Ohio, senior Anthony Cornist had his diploma withheld because his family was too loud as he walked across the stage. The principal wrote in a letter to Cornist, “I will be holding your diploma in the main office due to the excessive cheering your guests displayed during the roll call.”

In addition, the football player got sacked with 20 hours of community service. In order to be awarded his diploma, he must serve the 20 hours.

“I have no clue where the logic comes in,” said his mother, Traci Cornist.

At McMinn County High School in Tennessee, diplomas were withheld because students decorated their caps. According to the graduates, more than 50 diplomas were withheld. Several graduates were ordered to complete community service.

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Bryan Nash

Staff writer Bryan Nash has devoted much of his life to searching for the truth behind the lies that the masses never question. He is currently pursuing a Master's of Divinity and is the author of The Messiah's Misfits, Things Unseen and The Backpack Guide to Surviving the University. He has also been a regular contributor to the magazine Biblical Insights.

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