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They walked in tandem, each of the ninety-two students filing into the

already crowded auditorium. With their rich maroon gowns flowing and the

traditional caps, they looked almost as grown up as they felt.


Dads swallowed hard behind broad smiles, and Moms freely brushed away



This class would NOT pray during the commencements, not by choice, but

because of a recent court ruling prohibiting it.


The principal and several students were careful to stay within the

guidelines allowed by the ruling. They gave inspirational and

challenging speeches, but no one mentioned divine guidance and no one

asked for blessings on the graduates or their families.


The speeches were nice, but they were routine until the final speech

received a standing ovation.


A solitary student walked proudly to the microphone. He stood still and

silent for just a moment, and then, it happened.


All 92 students, every single one of them, suddenly SNEEZED !!!!

The student on stage simply looked at the audience and said,




And he walked off the stage...

The audience exploded into applause. This graduating class had found a

unique way to invoke God's blessing on their future with or without the

court's approval.


Isn't this a wonderful story? Pass it on to all your friends.........and




This is a true story; it happened at the University of Maryland .



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