Honors to be omitted at graduation

May 23, 2013 — by Sanj Nalwa and Helen Wong
In the past, the names of students on graduation day have been listed in order of academic standing in the program. This year, that’s going to change. 
On graduation day, the class of 2013 will not be ranked in very high honors, high honors, and honors in the graduation pamphlet. 
In the past, the names of students on graduation day have been listed in order of academic standing in the program. This year, that’s going to change. 
On graduation day, the class of 2013 will not be ranked in very high honors, high honors, and honors in the graduation pamphlet. 
“The change we’ve planned this year is designed to further set aside graduation as a day where we celebrate the entire class of 2013,” assistant principal Brian Safine said. “We’re always looking for ways to unite the senior class.”
Safine said the administration wants to celebrate everyone on graduation day, not just those with high academic honors.
“There still is a day where we will honor students and recognize their academic and extracurricular accomplishments. That will take place on Senior Award Day,” Safine said. “On that night, we will continue to recognize students for all the wonderful things they’ve done here both academically and non-academically.”
Senior Aneeza Muzumdar said that the change was for the better.
“I think the old tradition probably stressed people out, and considering graduation is supposed to be a momentous occasion, it shouldn't be marred by this type of public academic stratification,” Mazumdar said. 
Senior Ankita Chadha also liked the idea.
“Although it was nice recognition for those who worked hard and kept up their grades through the years, at the same time it was unnecessary pressure and separation,” Chadha said. “I know for a fact that tons of parents are upset or even embarrassed if their child isn't at the highest caliber.”
Chadha also said grades should be nothing to boast about during this time of year. 
“Graduation is about celebrating how we are all graduating together, not that some are graduating with honors and others aren’t,” Chadha said. 
 
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