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The Communist League of Revolutionary Workers–Internationalist

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.”
— Karl Marx

Maryland High School Students Paying for Graduation

Jun 12, 2023

Public high school seniors are being charged mandatory fees to participate in graduation at a number of schools in Montgomery County, Maryland, and elsewhere in the state and country. Students at John F. Kennedy High School in Silver Spring have to pay $135.36. Students at Walter Johnson High School have to pay $71. These dues and fees often pay for caps and gowns which the schools say are mandatory for students to wear at graduation.

The big companies, which sell the caps and gowns nationwide, charge dozens of dollars for each of the more than three million seniors who graduate each year. This means big money, and they rake in well over 100 million dollars a year.

Instead of focusing on the accomplishments of the students, these companies see the ka-ching of cash registers.