New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie signed a bill into law Thursday allowing high school seniors to wear their military uniform at graduation ceremonies.
“Students who have entered the military deserve the opportunity to proudly display their commitment to freedom and patriotic service to the country in front of their families, friends and teachers,” Morris County Assemblywoman Betty Lou DeCroce, one of the bill sponsors told the
Hackensack Daily Voice.
New Jersey is now only one of four states, including Pennsylvania, California and New Hampshire, who allow this option to graduating service members, the site reported. The new bill requires school districts in New Jersey to give students who meet the graduation requirement and have successfully completed basic training the option to wear their dress uniform rather than the traditional cap and gown.
“These young men and women have done the work required to graduate, and endured the grueling mental and physical challenges of boot camp," DeCroce said. "They have earned the right to wear their dress uniform and walk with their classmates.”