God at Graduation: What Courts Have Ruled about Prayers and Other Religious Expressions at School Commencements

Source Organization: Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life

05/09/2007 - Spring is the season for school graduations, and graduation ceremonies play a featured role in the national debate over the place of religion in public education. Is a clergyman's benediction at a public school event a violation of the separation of church and state? Can students lead a prayer at their school commencement?

In a new series of occasional essays, the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life explores the relationship between government and religion. Ira C. Lupu, a scholar in constitutional law at George Washington University Law School, introduces the first of these essays in a conversation with the Pew Forum.

View the conversation on the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life Web site.

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