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thedrifter
05-13-08, 08:32 PM
Marine can’t wear uniform at graduation
The Associated Press
Posted : Tuesday May 13, 2008 18:00:00 EDT

BLOOMER, Wis. — A new Marine who’s graduating from Bloomer High School this month won’t be able to wear his military uniform during the commencement ceremony.

The Bloomer School Board has denied Daniel Ligen’s request to wear his Marine uniform. Ligen finished his class work early in order to enlist and will be done with basic training at the San Diego Marine base by graduation May 31.

The board adopted a policy Monday night that requires a cap and gown be worn for graduation. There was a motion to allow an exception for military personnel, but it wasn’t seconded.

One board member says the denial is not an attempt to be unpatriotic, but the cap and gown celebrates education.

Ellie