Friday, May 30, 2014

Hale implores HUSD to allow student to participate in graduation

Hale implores HUSD to allow student to participate in graduation
Student to complete course work this summer but barred from graduation ceremony

STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX - Rep. Albert Hale, D-St. Michaels (District 7), recently implored the Holbrook Unified School District to allow a student, who is working to complete her coursework this summer, to participate in her graduation ceremony.

“I commend the Holbrook Unified School District and its outstanding academic performance,” Hale said. “I also understand that the district has a policy regarding graduation ceremonies. Students are not allowed to participate in commencement ceremonies unless they have successfully completed the requirements for graduation. While I agree with this policy in general, I do think there is room for some flexibility so that summer school students can still have the once-in-a-lifetime experience of graduating with their peers.”

Hale said he recently spoke with a family whose daughter will complete her required coursework this summer. Under the current district policy, Hale said she will be barred from graduation ceremonies.

“In some cases, universities allow students to participate in graduation festivities while they are still taking additional classes,” Hale said. “This allows the student to celebrate with his or her peers, while remaining committed to completing the academic requirements.”

Hale sent a letter to school district officials asking for them to consider a similar policy.

“The ability to share these experiences with peers is an important part of the educational experience,” Hale said. “School policies should reflect the value of such social interactions and allow students on the verge of completing their coursework to participate in graduation ceremonies with their peers. I hope the school district officials will consider my request.”
Rep. Hale is an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation. He was born in Ganado and raised in Klagetoh, Arizona. He is Ashiihi (Salt), born for Todichiini (Bitter Water). His maternal grandparents are Hanaghani (Walk About clan). His paternal grandparents are Kiyanii (Tall House clan). He is a 1969 graduate of Fort Wingate High School, a Bureau of Indian Affairs boarding school located east of Gallup, New Mexico. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona (1973), and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of New Mexico School of Law, Albuquerque, New Mexico (1977), and an honorary Juris Doctor degree from Phoenix School of Law (2012).  He is the former President of the Navajo Nation.

1 comment:

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