• Petitioned Alamance Co. Schools, Alamance Co. Board of Ed. and S. Alamance High School

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Alamance Co. Schools, Alamance Co. Board of Ed. and S. Alamance High School

Allow summer school graduates to attend Commencement

    1. Susan Tipton
    2. Petition by

      Susan Tipton

      Graham, NC

Our youngest son John Wesley Tipton is 17 and was trying to graduate high school this year (in 3 years vs the ordinary 4 years) He was actually supposed to be a part of the class of 2013 but because he is interested in attending the community college and take automotive classes, he needed to be a high school graduate in order to get first choice of the classes. By the time that high school students get to register for the automotive/ welding classes they are full and therefore no seats are available.
At the beginning of the semester, he was placed in two classes that were not suited for him. He was able to get out of the AP Calculus class because he had all of his math credits but the principle; Ms. Faucette would not let him drop the AP US History course even though he was supposed to and wanted Honors US History. The Alamance Burlington School System makes all students do a Graduation Project before they can graduate and most students have two years in order to do the project but Wesley had only one. This is one reason he requested to drop AP US History and go into Honors due to the workload of the Graduation Project.
Well, you guessed it! He has failed the AP US History class and now cannot attend commencement exercises. He is planning on attending summer school and passing this class. Even with this arrangement, Ms. Faucette and the Alamance Burlington School System will not let Wes walk at commencement because "he has not earned that right to do so." My child buckled down and took his high school credits in 3 years, finished his graduation project with a good grade and because he failed the class that the Administration would not let him drop from AP into Honors (not ordinary History but HONORS history) they feel that he "has not earned the privilege to walk at commencement! This makes me very sad and very angry. We were not asking the school, the principle or the central office to pass him even though he was failing. We were not asking them to give him his diploma the night of commencement. We wanted to give him the same privilege that other high school students get and walk across the stage while his family and friends look on and then give him the diploma at the end of summer school. That is all we asked.
At this point, he will not have a commencement exercise period! He will never get to wear his cap and gown! I am encouraging my friends to sign this petition to express the injustice in this situation if you agree. Please get your friends and family to do the same.
Commencement is scheduled for June 9th and I hope they change their mind. Maybe they will with your help.

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    • janie mcreynolds COEBURN, VA
      • over 2 years ago

      it has always been standard practice in wise county virginia that student who had to take summer school would walk in commencement and recieve an empty diploma holder then after the credits are achieved the student then gets their diploma. i know for a fact they have been doing this since the 60's at the very least

    • Patrina Martin RIDGEWAY, VA
      • over 2 years ago

      Mr. Tipton has worked very hard and deserves the opportunity to walk in graduation with his class mates. He isn't trying to cheat the system. Please have a heart and allow him to participate.

    • angela goforth COEBURN, VA
      • over 2 years ago

      The young man should be allowed to walk commencement. He is hurting no one but he is being punished for nothing. He worked hard. Let him walk!!!!!

    • connie witherstine MARLIN, TX
      • over 2 years ago

      It is only fair that these students get to graduate with the rest of the students........Wes has gone above and beyond..and should not be punished

    • Jenelle Dorner BLOOMINGTON, IN
      • over 2 years ago

      This young man has worked very hard to prepare himself for college and is well prepared and will finish the class shortly. He is not asking for the diploma itself, just to walk with his class. Even at the college level students are allowed to "walk" with their class even though they may have certain requirements left to finish. I recently walked through graduation for my PhD before my dissertation had been defended. He is a good student let him walk.


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