4.2.12 Graduation Activities Participation

Graduation Activities Participation

Students may be denied the privilege of attending 8th grade promotion or the high school graduation ceremony for engaging in conduct that poses a reasonable concern of danger to persons at the ceremony or of disruption of the ceremony.  This requires a specific articulable basis for this concern, and not solely a history of generally disruptive behavior or past violation of school rules.  Students may also be excluded from the graduation/promotion ceremony for accumulation of repeated behavior violations during their 8th grade or senior year that have continued despite documented interventions. Students must receive advance written notice regarding the circumstances that may result in exclusion from the graduation or promotion ceremony.  A student may appeal exclusion from the ceremony to the Superintendent or designee outside of the school after exhausting the internal school appeal process if one exists. (SFUSD Board Policy 5127)    

High school students who have not earned the required credits or completed the required courses by the end of the spring semester shall not participate in the May graduation ceremony.  These students shall attend summer school and receive their diplomas through the summer school graduation ceremony upon earning the necessary credits and/or completing the necessary courses.

Students with disabilities who have been awarded a Certificate of Completion under the criteria described in SFUSD Board Policy 6146.1 shall be eligible to participate in any graduation ceremony and any school activity related to graduation in which a graduating student of similar age without disabilities would be eligible to participate.