VIDEO: Maroon Graduation Gowns on Order; Lack of Choice Irks Parent

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Parent Lee Moore took advantage of the public forum period of the School Committee to express her disappointment that graduating seniors will not have a choice to wear white gowns. The entire class will wear maroon in compliance with a recommendation by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to provide a safe and supportive school environment for all.

“I guess what I’m asking is I was under the impression the students would have a say,” she said.

Moore has two graduating seniors so when she saw the price of a gown jumped from last year’s $18 to this year’s $35, she asked why.

Westford Academy Principal James Antonelli explained what happened. Watch it here.

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CORRECTION: The purchase price of the graduation gowns is $35. The number was corrected above, on Nov. 29.