Student’s diploma withheld after graduation speech swap – Wilson Times

PINETOPS — The superintendent of Edgecombe County Schools has apologized to a SouthWest Edgecombe High School student who received his diploma two days late in apparent retaliation for delivering a commencement speech in his own words.
Marvin Wright, senior class president at SouthWest, was told he had to deliver a four-sentence speech prepared by school officials in lieu of a speech he had spent more than two weeks preparing for graduation ceremonies Friday.
In an act of defiance encouraged by other students, Wright decided at the virtual last second to deliver his own words.
As a result, Wright said, he was not permitted to collect his diploma on graduation day with other students. (Read more)