They walked in tandem, each of the ninety-two students filing into
the already crowded auditorium.
With their rich maroon gowns flowing .. and the traditional caps,
they looked almost ... as grown up as they felt.
Dads swallowed hard behind broad smiles, and Moms freely brushed
This class would NOT pray during the commencements----not by
choice, but because of a recent court ruling prohibiting it.
The principal and several students were careful to stay within the
guidelines allowed by the ruling. They gave inspirational and
challenging speeches, but no one mentioned divine guidance and no one
asked for blessings on the graduates or their families.
The speeches were nice, but they were routine.....until the final
speech received a standing ovation.
A solitary student walked proudly to the microphone. He stood
still and silent for just a moment, and then, it happened.
All 92 students, every single one of them, suddenly SNEEZED!!!!
The student on stage simply looked at the audience and said, 'GOD
BLESS YOU , each and every one of you!' And he walked off stage...
The audience exploded into applause. This graduating class had
found a unique way to invoke God's blessing on their future with or
without the court's approval.
RCCL, 1992, 3 days, Empress of the Seas
CCL, 1997, 7 days, Celebration
CCL, 2007, 7 days, Legend (first family cruise)