Students at Manatee High School in Bradenton, Fla., are being required to pay $20 to participate in the event. If parents want a good view of their child receiving their diploma, the school is charging $200 for a “premium” seat.
This is absolutely absurd. Not even my graduation was this uptight and picky. The school district said that the costs of seats are expensive to pay off ceremony funds.
“It’s being discriminatory,” said Mark Domer. “Economically, socially, socio-economically, it’s just not fair.” “$200 is a lot of money for a preferred seating,” said parent Mayu Fielding. “Is my child more important than yours?”
The district points out other high schools in Manatee County already charge graduation fees and the school will waive the $20 charge for students with financial needs.
Do you think the school has gone overboard with this? Spending $200 for a seat seems a little too much, even for a high school graduation. However, it sounds reasonable for college or graduate school graduations.