Graduate Loses Diploma After Going ‘Off Script’ in Speech and Asking People to Find God

Graduate Loses Diploma After Going ‘Off Script’ in Speech and Asking People to Find God
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Micah Price, a recent graduate from Campbell County High School in Alexandria, Kentucky, found himself in hot water after deviating from his approved graduation speech to talk about his Christian faith. During his speech at the Truist Arena at Northern Kentucky University, Price went off-script, urging his classmates and audience members to find God. He began by saying, “Class, before another word leaves my mouth, I must give the honor, the praise, and the glory to my lord and savior Jesus Christ,” which was met with applause. However, he continued, “Who in his very words tells us he is the light, he is the way, the truth and life. Class, anyone in the audience today, I’m here to tell you that if you don’t have any of those things in your life and can’t seem to find the answer, then my Lord and Savior is your answer.”

Despite receiving further applause, school officials were not pleased. Price later took to TikTok to clarify the incident, confirming he was initially told not to mention Christ in his speech but decided to proceed anyway. He admitted, “I am in the wrong technically, because I went against Campbell County code, the rules.” In another video, he addressed the backlash, quoting the Bible to promote love and understanding among his critics.

Price revealed to WKRC that the religious segments were part of his original script but were removed during the approval process due to concerns about dividing the audience at the public institution. Superintendent Shelli Wilson explained that any deviations from the planned speeches at school functions could lead to repercussions, emphasizing the need for adherence to the approved program to avoid unplanned disruptions.

In a recent update, it has been reported that Price has since received his diploma, ending the controversy with him securing his official certificate. This incident underscores the delicate balance schools must maintain between respecting individual beliefs and upholding policies designed to ensure inclusivity and order during official events.