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Show a little respect to Pascagoula graduates

Sun Herald Letter to the Editor

Pascagoula High School 2016 Valedictorian Joseph Hasbrouck and Salutatorian Victoria Miller.
Pascagoula High School 2016 Valedictorian Joseph Hasbrouck and Salutatorian Victoria Miller.

The Pascagoula High School graduation May 21 was all but ruined by air horns, screaming and yelling worthy of a sporting event.

Two of my younger relatives, along with about 250 others, worked hard to graduate and deserved a dignified ceremony.

I graduated from Pascagoula High School in 1978, and I remember a very different service. My husband and I live in South Florida now, so our son attended high school in Palm Beach County. Here, every high school has a service in our local convention center where air horns and balloons are banned.

Approximately 20,000 students graduate from public high schools each year in Palm Beach County over a two-week period. We have students and families from all over the globe. If our students can expect a ceremony worthy of their four years of hard work, why would the people of Jackson County expect anything less?

The principal requested respect at the beginning of the graduation, but many chose not to listen. I hope the students and families in my hometown will have a better graduation experience in the future.

Please celebrate in any way you choose before or after the ceremony, but be respectful of these children as they make that once-in-a-lifetime walk.

Congratulations to all of the graduates. We are proud of you!

JO NAGORKA

Tequesta, Fla.

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