A New Hampshire 18-year-old who completes boot camp this week is returning to his high school for his graduation, but was told he has to cover his new uniform if he wants to participate in the ceremony.
Brandon Garabrant will graduate from Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island on Friday, WMUR reported. He’ll then fly back to New Hampshire to attend his high school graduation and was planning to wear his new Marine Corps uniform there.
But his mom told WMUR that the school’s principal emailed her to tell her that all students should wear school caps and gowns to celebrate their achievements there. He’s welcome to wear his uniform, he added, but needs to cover it with the traditional graduation gown.
“I think covering up with a cap and gown is disgraceful to the uniform,” Garabrant’s mom told WMUR.
Garabrant isn’t the first student who has been told he can’t wear a military uniform to high school graduation. In 2011, Lindsay Starr was told by her Pennsylvania high school that she must wear a cap and gown if she wanted to attend graduation after she left Parris Island. And in 2008, a Wisconsin school board decided against allowing Daniel Ligen to wear his Marine Corps uniform.
Tell us what you think. Is high school graduation a time to focus on school spirit? Or should those who made it through boot camp be allowed to stand out?