Hawley High School Leaves Prayer Out of Graduation

Published 06/06 2014 05:25PM

Updated 06/06 2014 10:18PM

Forty-five seniors are graduation from Hawley High School tonight at 7pm. The ceremony will be held in the Behren's Chapel at Hardin-Simmons University.

The commencement ceremony has been the center of some controversy this week. A family expressed some concern about religion at the graduation and now there will be no prayer at the ceremony this evening. 

Superintendent Michael Sibberson says that everyone is entitled to their beliefs, however because this is a state run - public school there are certain laws they have to abide by.

Hawley did however still have a baccalaureate ceremony in which they blessed the graduates.  This event was optional, students received an invitation to attend and did so by choice.

Sibberson says tonight is about the graduates and their accomplishments over the past 13 years, and that is what everyone should concentrate on.

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