Students, teachers react to the First Lady’s commencement change

“Everything is back on track and now we don’t have to worry about, what are we going to do about our graduation announcements? Now it’s been fixed.”

Wendy Alegria is a senior at Topeka High School and says, she’s glad this fight is over.
But others like Topeka 501 teacher…Tisharra Hale say, this has tarnished Topeka’s reputation.

“I’m embarrassed to be in a Topekan right now..we have a very rare opportunity to have the first lady of the united states of america come into Topeka of all places that she could speak…and a lot of people are more concerned about a break with tradition than they are this rare opportunity.”

The original plan was to have the first lady address the five Topeka High Schools at graduation.

Limited seating meant the school district could only allow students 6 guest tickets for the ceremony.
Many were angry because they had already sent out dozens of invitations.

“The original date of the 17th was kind of shocking because I did have family members that did plan on coming, ones coming from out of the country actually and two others from out-of-state.”

Now, Michelle Obama will address students at a senior recognition ceremony the day before graduation.
The White House sent out this comment:

“Once we learned about the concerns of some students, we were eager to find a solution that enabled all of the students and their families to celebrate the special day.”
Hale says, she wishes some people would have reacted to her visit in a positive way.

” If I were Mrs. Obama I would probably say thank you but no thanks because I’m sure there are lots of different High Schools in different states who would be happy to have the first lady deliver their commencement speech.”





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