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Graduation Gown Design Change Draws Mixed Responses

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Graduation Gown Design Change Draws Mixed Responses

Christian Campbell (12) wearing the new graduation gown design.

Christian Campbell (12) wearing the new graduation gown design.

Kelsey Deering

Christian Campbell (12) wearing the new graduation gown design.

Kelsey Deering

Kelsey Deering

Christian Campbell (12) wearing the new graduation gown design.

Shrishti Brahmbhatt, Staff Writer

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  This year’s seniors find new changes in their classic graduation attire, announced at the senior meeting on October 31st. The commencement ceremony will come from a new vendor: school photo, yearbook, and graduation company Lifetouch, replacing locally based company Jostens.
  “Now that we’ve switched vendors, pricing is less of an issue and we’re able to do
more things that we were hoping to do last year for the same costs,” said Wayzata High School Principal Scott Gengler.
  The new ensemble is a solid royal blue, embellished with a single gold stripe near the
cuffs of both sleeves, and a gold stole, with the Wayzata emblem on one side. There
will be no individual stoles for clubs, like groups such as DECA used to be able to,
and all other forms of representation, like pins, will be set, Mr. Gengler said.
  Lifetouch representative Carson Amiot also said, “What we’re likely to do is have a stole with the opportunity to customize with pins that will represent the activities.
Different colored stoles can also be used to recognize academic honors.”
  Yet some are not pleased with the changes. Senior Lauren Bitner said, “My parents are mad because these new caps and gowns are trying to make everyone the same. They’re saying that this is about our class, but this is also about you.”
  “You are all one that day,” said Amiot. “We are all celebrating your greatest academic achievement to date. And we want to do it in a dignified way.” 
 “We really want to dignify you at this event. It’s a formal event,” said Gengler.
  He also mentioned the hope of updating and enhancing the event’s decorum with the new attire.
  Dare 2 B Real Facilitator Lily Ozell said, “I understand why people are mad about the cords and medals thing, but it comes down to equity. Not everyone had an equal chance at some of these clubs. There is a difference between being proud and showing off.” Both Gengler and Amiot added seniors will have two to three more meetings throughout the school year to receive updates about the commencement
ceremony from themselves, and other Lifetouch associates.

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