Graduation is a possibility as homeschooling is popular today. My son graduated wearing a black cap and gown and was handed his diploma by the Bishop.
However, at a high school graduation, girls usually wear high heels to match their dresses, and the gowns are rarely floor length. In addition, many high schools select graduation gowns that are consistent with the school colors, so graduates can wear white, green, maroon, gold, or black gowns with white, red, blue, or green tassels on their caps. Moreover, there are the golden honor stoles and the valedictorian or honor cords and medallions.
Nevertheless, with all this talk about altar girls, the Greek Orthodox Church did tonsure a female reader around 2000 in Southern California, but I do not think that she goes behind the altar. Instead, she sings with the chanters and is allowed the privilege of wearing a black raissa when she reads the epistle.
Last edited by Elizabeth Maria; 08/06/08 06:50 PM.