There was no specific directive from the central office on the number of student speakers or the length of the speeches.
And Milam couldn't speak to Aulenbacher's apparent decision to wait until Wednesday, a week before the ceremony, inform the students. Aulenbacher couldn't be reached for comment.
Campbell said all the students with highest honors had been operating for weeks under the assumption that they would get to speak for two minutes, as is customary. She and others already had their speeches prepared; a few had them memorized.
The reforms in graduation procedure haven't met with criticism at other Kanawha County High Schools. But Clinton Giles, principal at Capital High, said his school hadn't elected to cut down on the number of speakers this year.
"Our students carry the program, and they are students who deserve that recognition," he said. "Ours is a regal, stately, dignified, steeped-with-pomp-and-circumstance occasion."
In fact, he said, this year's ceremony may last slightly longer than in previous years, if only because someone will read a notice from the central office on appropriate crowd behavior.
Contact writer Shay Maunz at shay.ma...@dailymail.com or 304-348-4886.
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