Fairbanks North Star Borough allowing cultural wear at graduations

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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) The FNSB School Board has approved a new policy allowing students to wear cultural attire at graduations. According to a news release from the Fairbanks North Star Borough School district, the board voted unanimously to allow students to wear attire that represents their cultural heritage, instead of a cap and gown.

According to a news release from the Fairbanks North Star Borough School district, the board voted unanimously to allow students to wear attire that represents their cultural heritage, instead of a cap and gown. (FNSB School District Superintendent Karen Gaborik is pictured above)

The policy also states that students are allowed to wear regalia affiliated with academic school groups.

The original policy came into question in 2017 when there was a report of student from West Valley who was told by the faculty he could not wear his kuspuk, which was underneath his graduation robe.

According to School Board Clerk, Sharon McConnel, who is Inupiaq, "For graduates to be able to wear their traditional attire in place of a cap and gown is long overdue."

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