After being threatened with legal action by the American Civil Liberties Union, school officials in Neptune Township, N.J., have reached a middle ground in regards to hosting a graduation ceremony at a Methodist-owned site.

Claiming that the event violated the separation of church and state, the ACLU argued for the removal or covering of religious symbols in the Great Auditorium and other references to Christ outlined in the graduation ceremony, including a student-led invocation and two hymns sung.

The call came after a past graduate’s grandmother, who attended last year’s ceremony, was offended by the building’s religious symbols and Christian-based references.

In response, the school district agreed to change the graduation program and remove both hymns and the student-led invocation as well.

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