A North Carolina high school withheld a diploma from a graduating senior who refused to read a commencement speech prepared for him and instead read his own written remarks, it was reported on Thursday.
Marvin Wright was permitted to write a speech and read it at last Friday’s graduation ceremony by virtue of his being the senior class president at Southwest Edgecombe County High School, according to WRAL-TV.
‘I really worked hard on this speech,’ he said.
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‘I think my classmates would like to hear what I have to say instead of the one you wrote for me,’ Wright said.
Faced with a dilemma as he stepped to the podium, he decided to read his own speech – which he had saved on his phone – and defy school administrators.