NH divided on military uniforms at graduation ceremonies - 335 participants, 553 responses

Jun 12, 2016

New Hampshire recently passed a law allowing graduates to opt to wear a military uniform at graduation ceremonies as long as they have completed basic training. Read more about this issue. On June 12, the LFDA decided to put the issue to its Facebook members, posting the question, “Should students planning on entering into the military after graduation be able to wear their dress uniforms instead of a cap and gown?”

“Should students planning on entering into the military after graduation be able to wear their dress uniforms instead of a cap and gown?”

Results: Yes or No Respondents

Military Uniforms at Graduation NH Citizen Voices Chart

Participation: 335 participants gave 553 responses

A total of 90% of those participating gave a 'yes or no' response to the question. The remaining 10% of participants engaged in the discussion but did not give a yes or no response. In total, the LFDA received 553 responses from 335 individuals. (Click here for details on our methodology.)

What Participants Said:

No: The majority of ‘yes or no’ respondents, at 52%, opposed allowing students to wear military uniforms at graduation.

  • “The uniform of the day is a cap and gown.”
  • “I’m a veteran and commend them on their choice to join, but you are not entitled to wear dress uniform until you finish basic training.”
  • “If you let one group opt out of a gown for a uniform, then that opens the door to other groups entitled to the same right… Be proud of what you have accomplished with schooling, and don’t overshadow the school’s traditions.”

Yes: The minority, at 48% of ‘yes or no’ respondents, supported allowing students to wear military uniforms at graduation.

  • "Yes, providing the individual is a basic training graduate.”
  • “It’s pride in what you have accomplished and your future. That’s what graduation is about.”
  • “Encourage these fine young people who love and want to defend this country.”

Other: As noted above, 10% of those participating did not give a yes or no response, instead addressing their comments to related questions and issues. These included:

  • Noting the status of related legislation: “Effective 7/1/2016, it will be against the law to stop people from wearing their uniforms at graduation.”
  • Discussing the relationship between school and the military: “The military… should not be allowed on school grounds.”
  • Debating alternative approaches to the issue: “The military should make it a rule that it cannot be worn during graduation.”

*Editor selection of actual participant quotes. 

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