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by Resident, Vintage Hills Elementary School,
on Jun 13, 2011
I attended the Foothill graduation ceremony on Friday night and was very disappointed in the behavior of students, faculty and the audience. Isn't a Graduation ceremony supposed to be a positive reflection of accomplishment. Isn't it supposed to be a time for reflection, celebration and inspiration. This was not. There was the constant sound of air horns, people banging pots & pans in our ears. The students were throwing beach balls while the Administration chased them down. The speeches were silly - lacking any worthwhile message for students or attendees. And the worst, was the time and energy spent on stage by students and faculty with their childish banter. Light swords, bumping and fraternity style handshakes...... I hope by the time my children are in high school that the ceremony becomes much less like "a day at the beach" or a viewing of "The Hangover" and more like a formal step into the adult world. Maybe I'm being a bit too serious....but I expected more from the Pleasanton School District and their accomplished student body. From a public view, this did nothing to reflect positively on the school.