Muriel Bowser

Bill Would Grant Free Graduation Caps & Gowns to Some DC High School Students

Some D.C. high school students would qualify to receive free graduation caps, gowns and tassels under a new bill proposed by a D.C. Council member.

Ward 7 Councilmember Yvette M. Alexander introduced a bill Thursday that would require local schools to front the costs of graduation items for students who qualify for free or reduced-priced reduced-price meals at school.

Alexander said students may feel disappointed when financial difficulties prevent them from participating in graduation festivities.

"This bill is way of telling our students that we have your back; the inability to afford a cap and gown will not be the final, disappointing word on your otherwise successful high school career," Alexander said on her website.

The Council would need to vote on the bill, called the High School Commencement Participation Act of 2016. If voted in, it would then need the approval of D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser.

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