If your student is missing from the graduation issue, I would like you to know why.
The school board decided to give the students the choice to “opt out” or “opt in” with their name, photo and college destination.
From what we understand, the decision was made in order to alleviate the stress on juniors trying to figure out what schools to visit based on data they have about the previous year’s graduates.
For the last couple of decades, the graduates’ names, photos and colleges have been a regular feature in the graduation issue. We consider it our gift to the community.
This year we received the list from WSSD with instructions per student. Some wanted no information published; some wanted name and photo only; and some wanted no photo, but name and plans.
For 26 years, I have been putting together the graduation issue. Each student and picture are dealt with individually. Once the initial setup is complete, it is difficult to make changes, so it is important that deadlines are honored so that everyone is included however she or he wishes. And, I have tried to accommodate everyone’s wishes.
On our end, we have no idea if parents were involved with their child’s decision. Our information comes from the WSSD administration.
— Diane Madison