Principal Withholds Class President’s Diploma For Reading His Own Speech At Ceremony

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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But on the day of the ceremony, he says he was told by school administrators that he could not read his own speech.
At the graduation rehearsal, Wright was reportedly told by administrators he would be required to read a speech that was written for him by the school.

‘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.

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