The Washington Post

Pomp as students finish elementary school. But is it a real graduation?

From elsewhere in The Post: Daytime assemblies, a guest speaker who’s an executive for Nestle, remarks from a county executive: How much is too much for celebrating students’ promotion from elementary to middle school?

“Each year at this time, thousands of younger-than-high-school students in the area celebrate what some critics — and maybe a few restless parents — call graduation inflation, the growth of full-fledged processional ceremonies to mark the end of elementary school,” staff writer Steve Hendrix reports.

Read how local schools acknowledge the end of the year and why some educators believe promotion ceremonies have become too elaborate.

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