At the Capital School District Board of Education Committee, Dover High School Principal Courtney Voshell gave a presentation on the proposed new graduation regalia. Traditionally, the girls wore white and the boys wore blue. Voshell explained the rationale for the change during their board meeting:
I think it’s important to also address the fact that we have some students that gender identification is an awkward conversation for some of our students. It’s definitely not the majority but it happens. In the past two years that I have been leading the school, it has become a conversation where a student doesn’t want to wear one color or the other because that’s not the gender they are identifying with. And for me, it’s just not a time we should make any student feel awkward. This is their day. They worked really hard for it.
Voshell also noted this will be the first year the new Dover High School will have graduating students that attended the school all four years in the new building. Because of this, the extra $10.00 fee for the new uniforms would be covered by the school through a student services funding bucket for this year’s graduating class. Voshell also cited parent concerns about not having graduation in alphabetical order in the past and parents didn’t know when their child was coming up next to receive their diploma. In the past, students tended to be set up in a stripe pattern with girls in white rows and boys in blue rows. Beginning this year, graduating seniors will be seated in alphabetical order.
This presentation was not an action item for the Capital School Board but merely a discussion item.