Madison High School will have a new practice for its spring graduation ceremony -- the seniors will receive their folders without the diplomas, and school district officials will verify during the next week, after the ceremony, whether the students have officially completed high school.
Sharon Knowlton, Madison High School principal, brought the outline for the new practice to the school board members on Monday night during the administrators' report period of the board's monthly regular meeting.
Knowlton told the board members that since Madison High School had the students taking final exams at the end of each semester and having those exams determine whether students would pass their courses; it has become difficult for school officials to assure each senior whether he or she has met all of the graduation requirements before the ceremony.
Knowlton said that some seniors might need to take one of their finals up to 3 p.m. on the Friday before graduation weekend, making it challenging for the school's staff to determine whether they have passed all of their finals before commencement.
Under the new graduation procedure, Knowlton said the students attending the graduation ceremony will receive their folders and those seniors who have met their graduation requirements will receive their diplomas the week after the graduation ceremony.