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528 – Commencement And Diplomas

Students who have successfully completed graduation requirements in the District shall be granted District diplomas. Appropriate commencement ceremonies will be held annually. The District shall not arrange for religious invocations, benedictions or other prayers at commencement exercises. The Board of Directors may exclude a student from participating in commencement exercises for violation of school rules relating to orderly operation of the schools. If a student violates school rules on school grounds or while participating in a school activity within the 24 hour period prior to commencement exercises, the Superintendent or the Superintendent’s designee may exclude the student from commencement exercises.

A student need not attend the ceremony in order to receive a diploma. Students graduating early after summer school or after the first semester shall be awarded diplomas at the commencement ceremony after the second semester. However, upon request of the student, the District will supply information verifying early graduation to employers, colleges, or other agencies. A student who has two or fewer credits to earn towards graduation and who shows an intention to complete the credits during the summer, may participate in the commencement ceremonies but shall not be awarded a diploma until the credits are successfully completed.

Date of Revision: March 24, 2003

Legal References: 279.8, 280.14, 287.3, Code of Iowa; 281 I.A.C. 12.3(5)


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