One Holdenville graduate is celebrating an accomplishment of his own. Michael Lueking just graduated Marine boot camp after 13 grueling weeks. He planned it around his high school graduation and he made a special request of school officials. "I asked 'em five, six months ago if I could wear my dress blues, and they said they'd think about it."
At the home of the fighting Wolverines, the football stadium to be packed on Friday. But Michael and his family don't know if they'll be here. "They're threatening to not let me walk across the stage in my dress blues. The main thing I guess was yesterday when he went down to the school and the principal said, no, he wanted everyone to wear cap and gown."
Pvt Lueking made his choice.
(AP) - A U-S Marine graduates from Holdenville, OK , but isn't able to walk across the stage with his fellow graduates. Holdenville High School
During last night's ceremony, Michael Lueking stood in the stands in his dress blues uniform. School officials had told Lueking he wouldn't be able to participate in the ceremony if he refused to wear the school's standard royal blue cap and gown.
Holdenville Superintendent Shellie Gammill says she couldn't bend the policy or else exceptions would have to be made for other students.
Would it be such a freaking hardship on the school to let men who earned the right to wear an Army, Navy or Air Force uniform to walk at graduation?
Semper Fidelis Marine! I appreciate your service and your stand. You earned your nations uniform, your countrymen’s respect and THE RIGHT to wear your EGA and Blues. I salute you, and I thank you for your service.
Superintendent Gammill, I salute you too, the great big one finger salute.