Graduation at CQUniversity.
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'No compassion': Debate flares over graduation ceremony

WHAT'S more important: Compassion for children on the brink of the biggest change in their lives so far, or sticking to the rules?

That's the question that has risen after a Year 12 student was pulled from line of students about to step onto stage and receive their graduation certificates, and left feeling "humiliated."

It's understood Yazmin Hannay had missed compulsory activities prior to graduation and had not submitted a medical certificate early enough to be able to participate in the ceremony.

Lyn Black said the incident was a shame.

"I'm all for consequences for breaking rules," she said on Facebook.

"But this school shows no compassion at all in certain circumstances.

"It's a school, not a prison."

Should every Year 12 student be part of a graduation ceremony?

This poll ended on 20 December 2016.

Current Results

No. If they don't meet the requirements, they shouldn't participate.


Yes. No child should be excluded.


It should be decided on a case-by-case basis.


This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.

Lisa Marie took a more strict view of the situation.

"Actions do have consequences," she said.

"It's important for young people to have rules and follow them.

"What's going to happen when she doesn't turn up for work for an extended period and not call the correct department or lodge paperwork correctly?"

Cameron Larry Tenardi said a more inclusive solution could have been found even if Yazmin did not meet the requirements for her certificate.

"My best mate failed high school because he didn't pass English, therefore no QCE," he wrote.

"But he still went to formal, and he still got to go to graduation.

"They gave us all a folder. Mine had my QCE in it, his didn't. Simple as that. That's how it should be."

What do you think? Should schools be more flexible when it comes to graduation? Join the discussion in the comments below.

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