“Pinkerton Academy has the utmost respect for the United States military,” she said.
She said Pinkerton would allow for military sashes to be worn, even though the administration believes in celebrating the graduates as a group — with everyone wearing the same attire.
“To celebrate the group, Pinkerton’s policy on graduation apparel promotes graduates’ common success as students wear a unified cap and gown with time-honored marks of academic performance,” Mary Anderson said. “Our graduation policy is designed to celebrate all, be fair to all, and not set a precedent of granting special exception.”
The headmaster said the school has traditionally honored students at graduation who will be entering the military. Laurie Anderson said there are at least three Pinkerton students in the Guard, but Underhill said he only knew of Skylar.
When the nearly 800 graduates receive their diplomas at the Verizon Wireless Center in Manchester, Skylar and others who serve will be asked to stand and be recognized, Anderson said. They can then put on the sash, the headmaster said.
Although Skylar enjoys being a member of the Guard, her goal is to be a veterinarian, her mother said. Skylar, the third of Laurie and Michael Anderson’s five daughters, will attend the University of Vermont this fall and major in veterinary science.
The family could not be reached for comment following the school’s decision.