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'Common sense sort of policy' intends to increase cultural, religious inclusivity at Utah graduations

Hoksila Lakota, right, ties an eagle feather to Elijah Wiggins before his graduation from Cedar City High School on May 25, 2022, in Cedar City. Wiggins crossed the stage to accept his diploma wearing the eagle feather that his uncle, Lakota, had gifted him ahead of the ceremony to celebrate his graduation.

Hoksila Lakota, right, ties an eagle feather to Elijah Wiggins before his graduation from Cedar City High School on May 25, 2022, in Cedar City. Wiggins crossed the stage to accept his diploma wearing the eagle feather that his uncle, Lakota, had gifted him ahead of the ceremony to celebrate his graduation. (Rick Bowmer, Associated Press)


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ST. GEORGE — A bill concerning revisions to graduation attire among public school students has received its first hearing in Utah's 2023 legislative session.

The student graduation attire revisions bill, officially designated as SB103 in the 2023 Utah Legislature, will grant students the opportunity to wear "items of religious or cultural significance" alongside the traditional cap and gown.

The graduation attire bill is sponsored by Sen. Karen Kwan, who told St. George News that she has been working on this bill since early 2022 after a similar bill, the Student Tribal Regalia Use Amendments, passed through the Legislature with no opposition.

"It's a common sense sort of policy in that it asked for transparency in (school board) policy and it asked for religious and cultural respect," Kwan said.

Read the full article at St. George News.

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