School Forbids Graduate from Walking Across Stage in His Marine Uniform

Do you recall what you wanted to do or be when you graduated from high school?

When I graduated from high school in 1969, I knew that I wanted to go to Arizona State University and get my degree in wildlife management and hopefully work for the Arizona Game and Fish Department or some other western state or even work for the US Fish and Wildlife Service.

High school is a time that many kids begin to make decisions about their future. Yes, many complete high school as aimless as they began high school and sadly, many of them seem to go through life the same aimless way.

However, many teenagers have an idea of what they want to be or do with their lives by the time they graduate high school. For many, it’s going on to college but for others, it’s getting a job or entering the military.

I’ve known a number of people who graduated high school and enlisted in the military right away. Several went on to make it a career and others went in long enough to serve and start families. Many of them used their GI benefits to go on to college or a technical school.

In most cases, parents are proud of their son or daughter for deciding on enlisting in the military after high school. For the most part, it’s considered an honorable thing to do and hey, what parent isn’t proud to show of pictures of their child in their dress military uniform?

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Jacob Dalton Stanley was one of those high school students who knew what he wanted after high school and that was to enlist in the United States Marine Corps. He attended Crown Point High School, in Crown Point, Indiana, about 7 or so miles due south of Gary. Jacob managed to earn enough credits to complete high school in December 2016, after which he enlisted in the Marine Corps.

Crown Point High School held their graduation ceremony this past weekend. Stanley completed basic training just in time to fly home and join his fellow senior classmates for the graduation ceremony and to receive his diploma.

However, Stanley wanted to wear his dress Marine uniform instead of the traditional cap and gown. That didn’t sit well with Chip Pettit, Principal of the school. Pettit told Stanley during practice that he wasn’t allowed to wear his military uniform at the graduation ceremony.

Stanley was proud to be a Marine, as he should be, and decided he was going to wear his dress uniform anyway. I have to admit that the Marines have the sharpest looking dress uniform of any of the branches of the military. Unfortunately, he was prohibited form walking across the stage to receive his diploma because he was wearing his dress uniform instead of a cap and gown.

A number of Stanley’s fellow students supported his desire to wear his dress Marine uniform, understanding that it was a sign of pride in something he has accomplished in his life. Fellow graduate Leann Tustison commented:

“If he wants to walk across the stage in his uniform — that he worked so hard for and earned — he should have the right to do that. That’s his achievement. They honored other people’s achievements whether they were in triathlon or other activities.”

Pettit responded to complaints of students and others from the community by saying that wearing the cap and gown was a traditional part of the last official act associated with high school and therefore, he wasn’t discriminating against the uniform.


In other high school graduations around the country, some schools forbid students from wearing their military stole over their gowns. Elias Velazquez, a graduate in California wanted to wear his US Army stole over his gown, but was forbidden to do so, even though other students with honor stoles were allowed to wear them

There has been a growing trend among public schools associated with their anti-American liberalism that causes them to discriminate against the US military.

In 2014, a student’s father was barred from entering his daughter’s highs school because his military uniform ‘might offend someone’. Lt. Col. Sherwood Baker has served in the US Army for 24 years with multiple tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan. Yet one of his toughest encounters may have just taken place here in America. Baker had an appointment with the counselor at Rochester Adams High School to discuss his daughter’s schedule. This was a new high school for her and Baker just wanted to make sure she had the right classes. He arrived at the high school in his uniform having come straight from an appointment. When he approached the door, the security guard would not allow him to enter. Baker was told that his uniform might offend people and that he had to remove his uniform in order to enter the campus.

In 2015, a second-grader got a military-style haircut because he wanted to look like his step-brother who was serving in the Army. The school where the second-grader attended was named after a Navy hero killed during the Viet Nam War. The school had also named their gym after a local young man who was killed in Afghanistan while serving in the Army. However, when the second-grader showed up at school with his military haircut, his parents were notified that the haircut had to be fixed because it was a distraction to other students and not acceptable under the school’s dress code.

Under 8-years of Obama’s war on the military, many liberals took to openly discriminating against our men and women serving in the military. If you asked me, anyone who is offended by a member of our military or someone wearing their military uniform, they need to pack their bags and move to some other country they can be proud of.


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