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Butler to make commencement ceremony changes

August 14, 2017 Digital Media Exclusive

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Butler High School's Class of 2017

BUTLER TWP — Butler school officials are planning some changes to the high school's annual commencement ceremony.

John Wyllie, senior high school principal, laid out his suggested changes to the school board's education committee Monday night.

One suggestion was that all students wear gold caps and gowns instead of boys wearing gold and girls wearing white.

One advantage of this would be to avoid potential controversy in the future.

“It is easily foreseeable that we will have transgender students whose biological and psychological identities do not match, resulting in potential requests to wear the color of the opposite gender we would normally assign,” Wyllie wrote in a memo sent to the school board and administrators.

The school board did not take a vote, but voiced their approval and support for the changes.

A full report will appear in the Butler Eagle.

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