5127 – Students – Student Progress – Graduation Ceremonies and Activities

Policy – X
Regulation –
Exhibit –

Adopted – 11/17/2005
Revised –
High school graduation ceremonies shall be held to recognize those students who have earned a diploma by successfully completing the required course of study, satisfying District standards, and passing any required assessments. The Governing Board believes that a public celebration which recognizes the significance of their achievement and encourages the pursuit of learning throughout their lives should occur on an annual basis.

Participation in graduation ceremonies is a privilege and not a right. School rules shall ensure that prior to denial of the privilege(s), the student, and where practicable his/her parent/guardian, is made aware of the grounds for such denial and that the student is given an opportunity to respond to the proposed denial. If privilege(s) are to be denied, the student and parent/guardian shall receive written notice of the denied privilege and the means whereby he/she may appeal this decision.

To honor superior academic achievement, graduation ceremonies shall include recognition of valedictorian(s) and salutatorian(s). The Superintendent or designee shall establish procedures that ensure a fair determination of the valedictorian(s) and salutatorian(s)by a calculation of grades from the student total class load to determine the highest GPA.

Cole v. Oroville Union High School District (2000, 9th Cir) 228 F .3d 1092
Santa Fe Independent School District v. Doe, (2000) 530 U.S. 290
Lee v. Weisman, (1992) 112 S. Ct. 2649
Sands v. Morongo Unified School District, (1991) 53 Cal. 3d 863
Lemon v. Kurtzman, (1971) 403 U.S. 602

Management Resources:
0615.89 Granting credit for passing GED, SPB:88/89-11
CDE: http://www.cde.ca.gov
(2/95 6/96) 7/01

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