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Issaquah High School Graduation Recognition - Discussion Ongoing

Posted by L Michelle on August 09, 2019

Dear Issaquah School District Community,

You may have heard reports on the news or social media recently that Issaquah High School is no longer recognizing student achievement at its graduation ceremony. While Issaquah High School's graduation committee recently suggested changes to its program, student achievement will most definitely be celebrated at graduation.

At issue at Issaquah High School is the form of the recognition and the traditional practice of wearing cords/stoles during the ceremony. Due to numerous concerns that had come forward from parents, students, and staff about this particular form of recognition, the school's graduation committee recommended moving away from this practice and building new opportunities for recognition in the program.

However, as with any change to tradition a school considers, the receptiveness to the idea of moving away from adornment at graduation has been mixed. Issaquah High School will continue the discussion with their incoming senior students, meeting with them this fall to learn what matters most to students and arrive at an authentic and meaningful recognition program for graduation.