TALBOT COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS
POLICY CODE 9.33
EASTON, MD 21601
I. The Talbot County Board of Education believes that completion of the requirements for a diploma from the public schools is an achievement that improves the community, as well as the individual; therefore, the Board wishes to recognize that achievement in a publicly celebrated graduation exercise. Accordingly appropriate graduation programs will be planned by senior high schools on the date selected by the Board of Education.
III. Students will be provided on opportunity to participate in the planning of graduation ceremonies. However, final plans such as outside speakers and when, where, and in what manner the graduation ceremonies will be held will be subject to the approval of the school administration and Board.
III. A student must have completed all requirements to receive a state diploma or Certificate of Attendance at graduation exercises. Each high school will publish regulations relative to eligibility for participation in graduation ceremonies.
IV. Foreign exchange students who have completed the graduation requirements will receive a diploma and be eligible to participate in commencement exercises. Other foreign exchange students will receive a county certificate and will be eligible to participate in graduation exercises.
V. The graduating senior who receives the highest grade point average (calculate to .001) will be designated as the valedictorian of the graduating class. The graduating senior who receives the second highest grade point average (calculated to .001) will be designated as the salutatorian of the graduating class. The valedictorian will be asked to give an address to the graduating class at the graduation exercises. This address will be reviewed and approved by the high school administration and practiced by the valedictorian before the graduation exercises for her/his class. The salutatorian may be asked to open the graduation exercises with a brief address. This address will be reviewed and approved by the high school administration and practiced by the salutatorian before the graduation exercises for her/his class.