Graduation cord controversy at Ardmore High School

The Principal isn't allowing some students to wear academic achievement cords, because they got them from classes at the Limestone County Career Technical Center.

Posted: May 23, 2018 11:07 PM

Some graduating seniors at Ardmore High School are upset they aren't going to be allowed to wear academic achievement cords they got from classes taken at the Limestone County Career Technical Center.

The principal of Ardmore High School, Glenn Bryant, told WAAY 31 he's not going to change the policy the week of graduation.

Students and their families will be flooding into Ardmore High School on Friday night for graduation.

Some students said they feel discriminated against, because they won't be able to show off the achievements they made at the tech school.

"It's important to me, because this is two years of my life that I've dedicated to learning a craft, to perfecting a craft, and preparing myself for going out into the world," said graduating Senior Jocelyn Taylor.

Taylor went to the tech school for two years.

She earned both a nursing and an Emergency Medical Tecnician certification.

Bryant told WAAY 31 he's simply upholding a 15 year tradition by only allowing students who are in Beta club, or have scored 30 or higher on their ACT, and or have had straight A's throughout their entire high school career to wear cords.

"I think it's important to honor all kids, all students, everyone that's worked hard, no matter what," said Taylor.

Bryant told WAAY 31 one of the reasons he's not allowing students to wear their tech school cords, because he wants to make sure the academic achievement is one worthy of being honored.

He's willing to do that and change the policy, but that process would have to start next school year.

"I really would like to see them wear them this year and I'm appreciative that he's thinking about future generations, but this year I'm standing strong and I think these kids need to wear these cords," said parent Mandy Taylor.

Bryant told WAAY 31 all students will be inspected before graduation.

They'll make sure all gowns are pressed and they'll also check to make sure no students plan on hiding their tech school cords to wear during the ceremony and will take them away if they find them.

"I think it's wrong. I don't think you should be able to confiscate something that somebody worked so hard for and its not a fear for me, because regardless I'm still going to wear them. I've worked hard for them and you can't deny me wearing something I've worked for," said Jocelyn.

WAAY 31 reached out to the Limestone County Superintendents Office and they told us its the districts policy to allow each high school in the district to create their own policy about which cords students can and cannot wear during graduation. 

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