Craziness: School Refuses To Give Student His Diploma Because Family Cheered Too Loud at Graduation

June 6, 2012  |  

This story is giving me serious flashbacks. I went to a Catholic Highschool and remember being lectured nearly every day up until graduation about the consequences of our families cheering too loudly at the commencement ceremony—as if we had any control over them. The threats seemed pretty baseless but a Cincinnati student is actually being denied his diploma because he received too many cheers when he walked across the stage.

Anthony Cornist is a popular student at Mt. Healthy High School and when he achieved the pinnacle of high school achievements, he received roaring support from family, friends, and even some teachers. But when all was said and done, Anthony didn’t receive the diploma he earned from the school, he got a letter from the principle instead, stating:

 “I will be holding your diploma in the main office due to the excessive cheering your guests displayed during the roll call.”

Anthony and his family were shocked. He told WCPO News, “I did nothing wrong except walk across the stage.”

What’s crazier is principal Marlon Styles is demanding 20 hours of community service before Anthony can officially graduate, and get this, the hours can be split between Anthony and his family, or the senior can perform them all himself. The teen’s mother, Traci Cornist says the school is insane.

“I don’t understand how he’s being punished for something he has no control over. I just thought that was ludicrous… I have no clue where the logic comes in.”

“He’s definitely not doing the community service,” she said. “I’m definitely not doing the community service.”

Calls to the principal, the district superintendent, and even an in-person visit to Mt. Healthy High School have all been ignored, and though we usually think of a diploma as nothing but a piece of paper, the school’s actions could halt Anthony’s future plans. He told the news station:

“I have a college right now that definitely needs my diploma.”

I assume the school must be holding his transcripts as well which is a huge overreaction, particularly at an event where cheering and celebratory support are expected. It hardly seems like the school should or does have the right to withhold an achievement this student spent four years earning.

What do you think about this situation? Did your school crack down on cheering during graduation?

Brande Victorian is a blogger and culture writer in New York City. Follower her on Twitter at @be_vic.

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