Exeter, PA

AU received a complaint that students at the Wyoming Area Secondary Center — a public high-school — were slated to deliver prayers at the school’s graduation ceremony and that the school district had played a role in organizing, promoting, and encouraging students to attend a baccalaureate ceremony. We wrote a letter to school district officials explaining that the presentation of prayers at public-school graduations, and the school’s sponsorship of baccalaureate ceremonies, are unconstitutional. The district’s superintendent responded and assured us that there was no prayer at the graduation ceremony, that the school did not sponsor the baccalaureate ceremony, and that the district would review their practices with their attorney to ensure compliance with the Constitution. Our complainant subsequently confirmed the school did not include any prayers in the graduation ceremony.