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Graduation Ceremonies And Activities   

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High school graduation ceremonies shall be held to recognize those students who have earned a diploma, Certificate of Graduation, or Certificate of Graduation and Employability by successfully completing the required course of study; satisfying district standards; and passing any required assessments. The Governing Board believes that these students deserve the privilege of a public celebration that recognizes the significance of their achievement and encourages them to continue the pursuit of learning throughout their lives.

(cf. 6011 - Academic Standards)

(cf. 6143 - Courses of Study)

(cf. 6146.1 - High School Graduation Requirements)

(cf. 6146.4 - Differential Graduation and Competency Standards for Individuals with Disabilities)

(cf. 6162.52 - High School Exit Examination)

Students must complete all district requirements for graduation or certificate of achievement before being permitted to participate in graduation exercises.

Subject to provisions of this policy, students may participate in the graduation ceremony and receive a diploma or Certificate of Graduation or Certificate of Graduation and Employability from the school they are attending the last semester or term if they meet the following conditions: (1) they have attended the school for the entire last semester or term for at least the minimum school day, unless otherwise provided for in law, and (2) they have completed at least two senior-level district course graduation requirements at the school. In compelling circumstances, the principal of the school or a site committee, including the principal, may make an exception to these conditions, and these exceptions shall be reported to the district Superintendent. Alternative Education and/or Adult Education are excluded from these residency requirements. High School students who have passed the California High School Proficiency Examination and/or the General Education Development Test must also meet district graduation requirements in order to participate in graduation ceremonies.

(cf. 6146.2 - Certificate of Proficiency/High School Equivalency)

The school or district shall not direct invocations, prayers, or benedictions at graduation ceremonies.

(cf. 1330 - Use of School Facilities)

(cf. 5145.2 - Freedom of Speech/Expression)

Honors and Awards

To honor superior academic achievement, graduation ceremonies shall include recognition of a valedictorian(s) and salutatorian(s). Valedictorian(s) and salutatorian(s) shall be selected based on established criteria and procedures that use multiple measures of academic performance.

(cf. 5121 - Grades/Evaluation of Student Achievement)

The Superintendent or designee shall identify other school-sponsored awards which may be given during graduation exercises. A separate awards program may be held to recognize graduating students receiving other school and nonschool awards.

(cf. 5126 - Awards for Achievement)

Conduct At Graduation Ceremonies

Any student participating in a graduation ceremony shall comply with district policy and regulations pertaining to student conduct.

(cf. 5131 - Conduct)

The Superintendent or designee may require graduating students to wear ceremonial attire, such as cap and gown, at the ceremony.

However, any graduating student who has completed basic training and is an active member of any branch of the United States Armed Forces may, at his/her option, wear his/her military dress uniform at the ceremony. (Education Code 35183.3)

Disciplinary Considerations

In order to encourage high standards of conduct and behavior, the principal may deny a student the privilege of participating in graduation ceremonies or promotion activities in accordance with school-site rules.

(cf. 5125.2 - Withholding Grades, Diploma, or Transcripts)

(cf. 5144 - Discipline)

(cf. 6161.2 - Damaged or Lost Instructional Materials)

Legal Reference:


35183.3 Graduation ceremonies; military dress uniforms

38119 Lease of personal property; caps and gowns

48904 Liability of parent or guardian; withholding of grades, diplomas, transcripts

51225.5 Honorary diplomas; foreign exchange students

51410-51412 Diplomas


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) 505 U.S. 577

Sands v. Morongo Unified School District, (1991) 53 Cal. 3d 863

Lemon v. Kurtzman, (1971) 403 U.S. 602

Management Resources:


California Department of Education, High School:


adopted: June 2, 1992 Placerville, California

revised: November 9, 2010