Dress Code: Public School Prohibits Wearing Cross on Graduation Cap

Eric Scheiner
By Eric Scheiner | June 3, 2015 | 10:27 AM EDT

Graduation cap decorated with a cross and a pair of footprints. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

The principal of a Florida high school says the controversy over a Christian cross on a graduation cap was overblown.

According to the Gainesville Sun, a cap with a cross decoration was not worn at Chiefland High School’s commencement ceremony Friday, after the senior was told she wouldn’t be allowed to wear it when getting her diploma, which angered some in the audience.

Principal Matt McLelland confirmed that a student, who was not identified, had a decorated cap. She was given a plain cap before the ceremony because of restrictions on decorating graduation caps.

“We have a dress code for graduation,” which indicates what colors and styles of clothing students can wear, and what they can put on their caps, McLelland said.

The only decorations the school allows are the student’s graduating class and the school’s initials -- this year, “Class of 2015” or “CHS” only.

He said the policy has been in place for several years, and letters about the dress code went home with students.

“It had absolutely nothing to do with religion,” McLelland told the Gainesville Sun. 

H/T Gainesville Sun

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