Let Deer Valley Seniors Decorate Their Caps for Graduation
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How can you spell diversity without DV? We might as well call it "iersity."
Individualism would just become “iniiualism” as well.
Deer Valley High School is proud about its diversity, but does not practice what it preaches. Many seniors from the past have wanted to decorate their graduation caps so that they can receive their high school diploma while expressing who they are as a person while graduating, but administration has declined this request countless times for students. The argument has been, "graduation is a dignified ceremony," and that it would "take too long to check every student's cap to see if it was appropriate or not."
The very definition of "dignified" from the Merriam-Webster dictionary is, "showing or expressing dignity; the quality or state of being worthy, honored, or esteemed." It’s difficult to fathom how representing oneself is considered “unworthy,” because to be worthy means to “have or show” the qualities or abilities that merit recognition in a specified way. It’s contradictory to impede one’s desire to have self-expression.
In the past, the University of California, Davis, has had contests to see who could make the best decorated caps. Do those decorated caps make the school less honorable? Does having decorated caps make schools unworthy of recognition?
Is UC Davis not a worthy school? What about Dozier-Libbey Medical High School? Marysville High School? North Tahoe High School? Analy High School?
For seniors, it is “our graduation. It is a way of showing diversity in all students. We are already matching [with our gowns], so why not show how your school is full of different people,” stated Marysville senior.
For those who are worried about the caps being inappropriate, it would take less than half an hour every day to check 550 caps 2 weeks prior to the ceremony. For other schools such as North Tahoe High School, “people normally decorate [their caps] with the college they’re going to or something they like. The design has to be approved by the principal just so there isn’t swear words or anything. It’s cool though to look out and see where everyone is going,” said North Tahoe High School senior. Deer Valley High School may have a higher population than these other schools, but that does not mean it is not worth the effort to make it an enjoyable experience.
It is not simply the graduation caps that are being denied, but individualism in of itself. In the past, the Gay Straight Alliance (GSA) has been denied approval to wear their cords at graduation ceremonies. Stoles that come from programs affiliated with the school such as Girls and Boys State and Black Student Union (BSU) have been denied as well. It is clear that there is a bias against any type of individualistic representation when it comes to this ceremony. #WeAreDV, but we are also DiVerse.
Please spread the word to help create change that can impact the future generations of creative, talented, and unique students at Deer Valley. #Caps4DV
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