Friday, June 12, 2009


They walked in tandem, each of the ninety-two students filing into the already crowded auditorium. With their black 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 away tears.

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.

For Cheyne, Shortman, and all the other 2009 graduates, the future is yours with endless possibilities. God Bless you!

Congratulations Cheyne!
(Don, his son Cheyne and the car Don gave him at graduation)

Congratulations Shortman!
(With his mom, Ree, TheThe Hotfessional)

*This is an embellished version of what really happen according to Snopes. Point being, that class, of our future, had already solved a problem together and united in their beliefs.


Patience said...

YaY!! They rock!!!

sgk213 said...

Congratulations to all. What a clever way to bring blessings to all the graduates.Good for them!

Michael said...

Is Cheyne's high school in SCS? I've never heard of Riverview.

lis said...

And so it goes....

Bruce said...

I am not an overly religious person, but kudos to the students, if they actually pulled this off.

zelzee said...

Love the graduation story.
Two handsome guys there.......
I remember how weepy I was at both of my kids graduations.
I just dreaded them leaving me.......

The Laughing Idiot said...


Ree said...

Aw, sweetie. Thank you, on behalf of Shortman. And Congratulations Cheyne!

And that was a pretty cool story!