The new CCHS graduation gown.
BY CAMERON BARNARD
The 2018 senior class was the first to wear a single colored graduation gown.
The change to the graduation gowns comes in contrast to the past where men wore blue robes and women wore white during the graduation ceremony.
The new gowns are blue with an embroidered Creek crest on a white collar. Both genders wore the same color at graduation.
Complaints from both students and parents had been made about the two-color system.
“The whole push is to make sure that we respect students’ identity, the space they occupy and things like that,” Spectrum Club Co-Sponsor Peter Hornbien said.
Previously, non-binary students had been forced to choose a gender, and sometimes parents disagreed with what color their child wore.
With complaints mounting and a changing social landscape, the administration had been looking for alternatives to the old system.
“It’s something that’s been on my mind for the past few years, but we finally had something doable, it was great, it was beautiful,” CCHS Activities Director Krista Keogh said.
The new custom gowns will come at no extra cost to the families of seniors; the school plans to absorb the increase in price from what parents paid at the beginning of the year.
Not all students agreed with the change, spurring senior Sam Cole to create a petition against the senior class changes. The grad gown changes were among other things addressed like the removal of Frat dress up day and removal of the Creek Cup event. It collected major traction overnight and by the morning had 387 signatures.
“This was more of the catalyst to it than the actual issue,” Cole said. “We just wanted to get more of a voice with student senate and the administration. We felt decisions were being made without actually representing the student body.”
While the administration kept the changes, meetings were made with Cole in order to increase communication between the students and administration.
“I know that at the end of the day the decision that we are making is what is best for kids, all kids, and I know it will look really cool,” Keogh said.
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