Mike Tomlin

Bruton grads encouraged to 'leave the cage'

Bruton grads encouraged to 'leave the cage'

WILLIAMSBURG— When Bruton High School Principal Arletha Dockery asked the families of Bruton High School graduates to refrain from cheering in order to make sure each student's name could be heard, William and Mary Hall murmured with disapproval.

But the moratorium at Bruton's Friday afternoon commencement exercise was gleefully ignored.

When Lydia Albrecht's name was read, the cheering began, and it continued, occasionally accompanied by an air horn, until Marissa Ziegler, the last member of the class of 2016, walked across the stage.

The audience had been enthusiastic throughout the ceremony, clapping and singing along as the school chorus sang "Waiting on...