I am in complete agreement with Joanne Wagner in regards to Rose Russo's letter.
First of all it was not the school's fault that some students walked away empty-handed, the blame lies totally with the cheering family and friends who should have been adult and intelligent enough to follow a simple rule.
I too was a very proud parent when my son graduated. I had waited years to hear his name called to come up for his diploma. I sat with anticipation of hearing that announcement -- you know what I heard -- the over-exaggerated clapping, yelling, whistling and foot-stomping of the family and friends of the student before my son. That student's achievement was no greater or more anticipated than my son's, but his family got to listen to his name being called, and I did not.
I think that the schools are FINALLY getting it right by instituting that rule -- ALL parents should be able to hear their child being called up to accept his/her diploma -- and the crowd can go as crazy as they want after the last diploma is handed out.