Respect lacking at graduation ceremony

I'm writing to discuss respect, or more accurately, lack of respect. My son graduated from Westlake High School this year, and I proudly attended the Commencement Ceremony.

In the program, and then again from the stage, it was respectfully requested that the crowd refrain from applauding until all the names had been called. They gave reasonable, even eloquent reasons for this.

Unfortunately, this wasn't enough for a small but exceedingly vocal minority. They insisted on hooting and hollering after many of the names, interrupting the proceedings. By doing this, they cheapened and diminished what was an inspirational event for most in attendance. It was rude and disrespectful.

david simon

David Simon is a Westlake resident.

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Volume 3, Issue 12, Posted 2:17 PM, 06.14.2011