Inclusive Graduation Ceremonies in Delaware

August 4, 2004

Source: Delaware Wave/USA Today

On August 4, 2004 Delaware Wave/USA Today reported, "Board members of the Indian River School District have a tough task before them. Following a decision made reluctantly at last week's board meeting, the policy committee is charged with developing a new policy regarding what can be said at future high-school graduations. Once that policy is in draft form, the board will review it and come to a decision. A deadline was not given. Traditionally, in this mostly rural Sussex County district with its large Christian population, religious invocations and benedictions citing Jesus Christ have been the norm. However, with the Constitution granting religious protection to all and decades of courts deciding that public schools must stay religion neutral, the practice of allowing Christian prayers in local schools has come into question."