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Escondido Union HSD  |  BP  5127  Students

Graduation Ceremonies And Activities   

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High school graduation ceremonies shall be held to recognize those students who have successfully completed the required course of study, passed all proficiency standards, and thereby earned the right to receive a diploma. The Governing Board believes that these students deserve a public celebration that recognizes the significance of their achievement and encourages them to continue the pursuit of learning throughout their lives.

(cf. 1330 Use of School Facilities)

(cf. 5125.2 Withholding Grades, Diploma or Transcripts)

(cf. 5145.2 Freedom of Speech/Expression)

(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 Students with Disabilities)

Disciplinary Considerations

While recognizing the importance of graduation ceremonies, the Board also desires to maintain high standards of student conduct and behavior. Graduation ceremonies are offered for students in good standing. The principal may deny the privilege of participating in these ceremonies in accordance with school rules which provide for due process.

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

(cf. 5144 Discipline)

(cf. 6161.2 - Damaged or Lost Instructional Materials)

Honors and Awards

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)

Foreign exchange students may receive honorary diplomas during the graduation ceremony. (Education Code 51225.5)

Student eligibility for site/district academic scholarship awards (i.e. Valedictorian/Salutatorian, National Honor Society recognition, etc.) complete a minimum of one year (60 credits), two consecutive semesters within district accredited programs. Grade point average (GPA) and class rankings will be established through district criteria, policies and procedures.

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) 112 S.Ct. 2649

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

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

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adopted: September 16, 2008 Escondido, California

revised: March 5, 2019