A New Hampshire high school graduate and recent boot camp graduate has been barred from wearing his Marine Corps uniform in lieu of the traditional cap and gown. Brandon Garabrant recently completed Parris Island, S.C. boot camp and intends to fly back up to his home in Conval to attend his high school graduation, reports WMUR.
However, the principal emailed Garabrant’s mother, Jessie, saying that he was to wear his cap and gown for the ceremony, but could add special pins or cords as awards on top of it.
“Brandon earned this right and he went above and beyond what he needed to do in high school,” Jessie said. “I think covering up with a cap and gown is disgraceful to the uniform.”
Brandon’s younger sister Mykala started a petition to allow her brother to wear his uniform. Attorney Justin Nadeau said, “I’m certainly not aware of any current state law that would regulate what someone can or cannot wear at graduation.”