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Kentucky High School withholds diploma of teen who went off script and started talking about God in graduation speech

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Campbell County High School graduate Micah Price (pictured) told his classmates to find God during his graduation ceremony Friday.
  • Campbell County High School graduate Micah Price gave a speech Friday
  • Price deviated from his approved script and told his companions to find God
  • He has not received his diploma and will have to explain why he went off script

A Kentucky high school student still hasn’t received his diploma after using his graduation speech to tell his classmates to find God.

Campbell County High School graduate Micah Price deviated from his approved script during his graduation ceremony Friday.

Taking the stage dressed in a purple cap and gown and a white stole, Price began his speech with the approved message giving “honor, praise and glory to my lord and savior Jesus Christ.”

His initial comments were met with loud applause, but then he strayed even further from what the school’s superiors expected.

“He is the light, he is the way, the truth and the life,” Price said.

Campbell County High School graduate Micah Price (pictured) told his classmates to find God during his graduation ceremony Friday.

‘Class, everyone in the audience today, I’m here to tell you that if you don’t have any of those things in your life, you can’t seem to find the answer, my lord and savior is the answer that will give you. for you the truth, the way and the life.’

After the ceremony, Price posted on TikTok to announce that he had not yet received his diploma.

‘I don’t have a diploma, I’m not sure if everyone has theirs yet. So if you do, congratulations. If you don’t, I’ll be right there with you,’ he said.

‘I was told beforehand that I was not allowed to mention Christ, he is the way, the truth and the life in the word, I did it anyway.

“Technically I’m wrong, because I went against Campbell County code and rules.”

Price began his speech with the approved message by giving

Price began his speech with the approved message giving “honor, praise and glory to my lord and savior Jesus Christ” – then went off script.

Superintendent Shelli Wilson said WKRC Price’s director selected him to deliver the address.

He said a brief portion referring to ‘the honor, praise and glory of my lord and savior Jesus Christ’ had been approved, but added that he had been warned that changing the script could have consequences.

“All speakers were told that abandoning the presented speech, or any unplanned choice at graduation, can have repercussions like they would at any school function,” Wilson said.

The superintendent said Price graduated and will earn his diploma after meeting with the principal later this week.

“While I know, personally, that many of us are proud of this young man’s beliefs and are practicing Christians, the principal has to consider the possibilities of students straying from the planned program,” Wilson said.

Price has not received his diploma and will only get it after meeting with the principal of Campbell County High School to explain why he broke the rules.

Price has not received his diploma and will only get it after meeting with the principal of Campbell County High School to explain why he broke the rules.

His mother, Melonie Neely Farris, seemed proud of her son and his decision to use the time to spread messages he thought were appropriate.

In a video on Facebook, he announced that his son will join the Air Force after graduation.

“I wanted to take a minute to share something about my son giving a speech at his high school graduation,” she added.

‘Micah is called to do what we are all called to do, share the love of Christ, that’s exactly what he did and from the way I heard things, the entire audience loved it! We will face whatever comes our way, but we will never deny the love of Christ.’

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