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Graduation dress code could change

Posted: March 17, 2009 12:36 a.m.
Updated: March 17, 2009 4:59 a.m.
The Hart district board will decide Wednesday whether to change the graduation dress code policy to allow high school seniors to wear military uniforms, instead of the traditional cap and gown, during the ceremony.

"We talked about it collectively and felt that it was a very important issue, and we wanted to make sure there was consistency throughout the district," Vicki Engbrecht, assistant superintendent of educational services for the William S. Hart Union High School District, said Monday. "Our board felt that having something in policy would be appropriate."

The policy change comes after Saugus High School Principal Bill Bolde initially denied senior Nicholas Laccabue's request to wear his Marine uniform to the high school's graduation in June.

Laccabue finished high school early and enlisted in the Marines and expects to finish basic training before graduation.

Bolde later changed his mind and is allowing 17-year-old Laccabue to wear the uniform.

The proposed new policy would make a "single exception" for a student who graduated early, completed basic training and serves as an active member of the armed services to wear their military uniform with the permission of the commanding officer, Engbrecht said.

Another aspect of the proposed policy allows the family of a student who died before graduation to receive an honorary certificate of completion in the child's honor during the graduation ceremony, Engbrecht said.


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