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Graduate Disrobes at Commencement

June 17, 1998 GMT

DORSET, Vt. (AP) _ Kate Logan says she was trying to express the spirituality of graduation when she disrobed in the middle of her speech at the Long Trail School’s commencement.

School officials say they were not amused.

Stepping to the front of the graduation podium during Saturday’s ceremony, Logan, an 18-year-old student at the private school, talked of her ``journey on a road less traveled.″

She credited the small, family-style school for helping to stretch her, to challenge and inspire her individuality. Then she tossed down her cap and slipped out of the white graduation robe to finish her speech naked before a stunned crowd of 200 faculty, friends, classmates and family members.

``Without expectations,″ Logan continued, ``feeling the limitless directions, to open myself completely, to express myself fully as a confident individual _ for it is only then, which I am open and free, that truth and wisdom will reveal themselves.″

Her decision to disrobe, Logan said Tuesday, was made several months ago as she began searching for significance in the milestone event.

``The diploma didn’t have any significance to me,″ said Logan, who’s from Winhall. ``When I was up there it felt natural. It didn’t feel like I was doing anything crazy. It felt like the right thing to do,″ Logan said.

Administrators at the private school of 110 students disagreed.

On Monday, the school issued a statement saying, ``The extremely unfortunate and selfish behavior of one senior which occurred at the LTS Graduation Ceremony ... was a significant embarrassment for all of us. This incident was overwhelmingly inappropriate and is not reflective of our student body.″

The statement said the school’s board and administration will take steps to deal with this.″ Headmaster David Wilson and Charles Chamberlain, chairman of the Board of Trustees, refused to comment further.