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505.8 Commencement and Diplomas

Code No. 505.8


Students who have successfully completed graduation requirements in the District shall be granted District diplomas.  (The District may provide for a diploma from another District for students attending pursuant to a whole-grade sharing agreement.)  Appropriate commencement ceremonies will be held annually.  Only students who have completed the graduation requirements as indicated by the Board of Education shall receive a diploma and only those students who have completed the Board’s requirements prior to the date of commencement will be allowed to participate in commencement exercises.  The District shall not arrange for religious invocations, benedictions or other prayers at commencement exercises.  The administration may exclude a student from participating in commencement exercises for violation of school rules.

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. 


Date of Last Review:  October 14, 2019


Date of Revision:

  July 11, 2011                        



Legal References:

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