Petaluma City Schools | BP 5127 Students
Graduation Ceremonies And Activities
High school graduation ceremonies shall be held to recognize those students who have successfully completed the required course of study, passed all proficiency standards including the high school exit examination, and thereby earned the right to receive a diploma. The Board of Education 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.
High school students who have passed the California High School Proficiency Examination or the General Education Development Test must also meet district graduation requirements in order to participate in graduation ceremonies.
Invocations and/or benedictions shall not be included in graduation ceremonies. Ceremonies or programs involving prayer for graduates shall not be sponsored by the school or district.
(cf. 1330 - Use of School Facilities)
(cf. 5145.2 - Freedom of Speech/Expression: Publications Code)
In order to encourage high standards of student conduct and behavior, the principal may deny the privilege of participating in graduation ceremonies and/or activities in accordance with school rules. School rules shall ensure that the student and parent/guardian receive written notice of the privilege(s) to be denied, the grounds for such denial and the means whereby a student may appeal this decision.
Honors and Awards
To honor superior academic achievement, graduation ceremonies shall include recognition of a valedictorian and salutatorian. The Superintendent or designee shall establish procedures that ensure a fair determination of the students who have achieved the highest grade point average in the graduating class. If a virtual tie exists, the principal may honor more than one valedictorian and/or salutatorian.
(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)
Foreign exchange students may receive honorary diplomas during the graduation ceremony. (Education Code 51225.5)
(cf. 6145.6 - International Exchange)
Elementary/Middle School Promotion Exercises
The Board desires that each elementary and middle school provide age-appropriate promotion exercises to recognize students who have completed the school's course of study.
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 Diplomas: no indication of intellectual classification
51411 Residence as condition for graduation; prohibition
51412 Standards of proficiency
56376 Graduation - special education
Harris v. Joint School District #241 (1994, 9th Cir.) No. 93-35839
Jones v. Clear Creek Independent School District (1992, 5th Cir.) 977 F.2d 963
Lee v. Weisman, (1992) 112 S.Ct. 2649
Sands v. Morongo Unified School District (1991) 53 Cal. 3d 863
Mifflin County School District v. Stewart (PA. Cmwlth. 1986) 503 A.2d 1012, 30 Educ. L.R. 403
Fowler v. Board of Education of the Hickory Administrative School Unit (1978) 448 F. Supp. 497
Lemon v. Kurtzman (1971) 403 U.S. 602
CDE PROGRAM ADVISORIES
0615.89 Granting credit for passing GED, SPB:88/89-11
Policy PETALUMA CITY SCHOOLS
adopted: June 25, 2002 Petaluma, California