Purdy students seek new graduation liberty

Wednesday, March 8, 2017
Purdy High School seniors, from center, Rion Boyd, Hannah White and Kaden Propps asked school board members to consider allowing graduates to decorate their hats for commencement exercises, a practice not previously allowed at the district. Murray Bishoff The Cassville Democrat

Permission sought to decorate mortar boards

Purdy school board members have taken under advisement a request by students to decorate their mortar board hats for graduation.

Three seniors, Rion Boyd, Hannah White and Kaden Propps, formally addressed the board.

"We want to be able to express ourselves through decorating our graduation hats," Propps said.

Boyd said the decorations would have a functional purpose, helping audience members find their children in a sea of black robes. White said the classmates would take precautions by insisting all hats undergo an approval review. Extra blank hats would be on hand to give to those who failed to meet the standard.

"Does it [hat decoration] cheapen the dignity of the occasion?" asked board member Ken Terry.

"I don't think so," Propps said. "Music is my field. I want to show where I'm going to take my studies. This will show this is our moment."

Propps noted the class officers planned to check all the caps and robes to guarantee nothing could be peeled off to make an inappropriate statement.

"I think others want to show respect," Propps said. "We want to be very detailed in how we do it. We don't want to spoil it for the next class."

Superintendent Steven Chancellor said the board would like to talk over the proposal. He promised to get back to the students but offered no timetable.

Respond to this story

Posting a comment requires free registration: