Graduation manners

My husband and I were excited to attend the graduation of two of our grandchildren Sunday at Hastings High School.

It was a very nice ceremony with seven honor students giving short speeches, a nice musical selection from the Chamber Choir and the presentation of diplomas.

The ceremony was short — 1 hour, 10 minutes — but evidently that was too long for some people to stay in their seats and be quiet.

During the entire ceremony, people were walking back and forth talking, laughing and even running — disrupting the graduation.

These were not just children. Most were adults.

Even after being politely asked to remain seated until all graduates had exited the auditorium, many people left, and not quietly. I'm sure it left the graduates and the parents feeling they didn't get the respect they worked so hard for.

Next time I would hope people would have respect for those around them.

In other words: Mind your manners!

Jim and Linda Gerloff
Guide Rock

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