Each year, we receive questions about graduation prayer whats permissible, what isnt.
Students do enjoy constitutional protections when it comes to expressing their faith. However, when it comes to graduation, the legal landscape is anything but clear. Court decisions in different areas of the country have produced a myriad of rulings sometimes creating confusion and conflict.
In an effort to provide information about this topic, weve produced a letter on prayer at graduation. Its designed to address the questions and concerns you may have regarding the use of school facilities for religious baccalaureate ceremonies, religious content within speeches given by valedictorians and salutatorians, and organized prayer at graduation ceremonies at public middle and high schools.
We focus on questions like:
Are religious baccalaureate services constitutionally permissible?
Are valedictorians and salutatorians permitted to make religious remarks as a part of their speeches?
May school officials permit invocations at graduation?