High School Allows Sikh to Wear Turban to Graduation in CA

July 6, 2004

Source: Sikhnet


On July 6, 2004 Sikhnet reported, "A high school has allowed a Sikh student to participate in graduation ceremonies wearing his turban after initially telling him he would only be allowed to wear a cap. The high school reversed course after the intervention of the Sikh Coalition and local Sikh activists. Officials at Alexander Hamilton High School in Los Angeles, California, told eighteen year old Harbakshish Singh last week that he could not wear his turban to graduation ceremonies. Citing a school district policy, administrators refused to issue him a graduation gown until he agreed to wear a cap to the ceremony. Despite pressure, Harbakshish refused to agree to remove his turban. Instead, just two days before the ceremony, a family member contacted the Sikh Coalition requesting its assistance."