No More Invocations or Benedictions at High School Graduation - Erie, PA

North East High School asked its senior-class officers to deliver an invocation and benediction at graduation. As these terms commonly refer to prayers, AU wrote to the school to ask that they be discontinued. The school informed us that the terms were archaic and that the speeches had been purely secular for some years. AU reviewed copies of the most recent speeches and confirmed that they were indeed secular. In the meantime, the school agreed that it would stop calling these speeches invocation and benediction.