High School Forced To Postpone Graduation Ceremony After Grim Eligibility Discovery

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Graduation ceremonies are an important rite of passage because they symbolize academic achievement. Years of hard work — usually four if you’re in high school or college, maybe a few more if you spent more time drinking beer and eating pizza than at the library — are celebrated for a job well done.

Not so much in Marin, Texas, however. In the small town of 5,400, which is southeast of Waco, the traditional May graduation ceremony is being pushed to June. It’s not because of bad weather, say, or the need to extend the school year.

Rather, it’s because only 15 percent of the senior class was eligible to graduate.

According to a Thursday report KWTX-TV, an audit found 28 out of 33 seniors at Marlin High School don’t meet the requirements necessary to get their diploma. While several more students have qualified since the audit was initially conducted, the Marlin Independent School District is giving the rest of the senior class an extra month to do what they already had four years to accomplish.

“We hold firm to our belief that every student in Marlin ISD can and will achieve their potential,” said superintendent Darryl Henson.

“Students will be held to the same high standard as any other student in Texas.”

Except, you know, they’ll be given more time to get their act together, like the other five students in the class were able to do without having to move the graduation.

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