Wednesday, March 13, 2019
All students at Stafford High School, regardless of gender, will wear blue gowns with a white stole during their graduation ceremony this year.
The Board of Education unanimously voted Monday night to establish a universal graduation gown for Stafford High students -- a blue gown with a blue cap and white V-shaped stole.
The vote comes after almost two years of discussions surrounding what to do with the graduation gowns. Traditionally, Stafford High School graduates have worn different colored gowns at their graduation ceremony depending on their gender -- female students wore white gowns and male students wore blue gowns.
But school officials began discussions in 2017 to eliminate the gender-identifying gown colors in favor of a more inclusive color scheme.
"Tradition has been one particular way, and it's incredibly difficult to change the tradition over time, but we're looking for a way to recognize and appreciate all the students," said Superintendent Steven Moccio.
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