Full participation in the graduation ceremony is a privilege, and not a right, for the individual student and his/her parents. Therefore, the privilege of participating in the graduation ceremony on graduation day is governed by the following principles:
1. Successful completion of the course of studies required by the State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education
(a minimum of twenty- four (24) Carnegie units, passing all required components of the state Graduation Exit
Examination or satisfactorily meeting all exceptional student requirements to receive a certificate of completion)
2. Successful completion of the course of studies required by the Jefferson Davis Parish School Board
3. Certification by the school’s administration as having followed the rules and regulations of the school to such a
degree that the student has earned the privilege of being an active participant in the graduation ceremony.
All three requirements must be met before a student is allowed to participate in the graduation ceremony.
These rules and regulations specifically include the sections on suspension and expulsion as found in the student handbook. However, other blatant breaches of rules and regulations may be considered by the administration before bestowing on the student the privilege of being able to participate in the graduation ceremony.
Once the three requirements have been met, participation by the student in the graduation ceremony shall be optional. However, students who do participate are expected to follow the school’s dress code and wear the selected cap and gown and attend graduation practices.
Any decision adversely affecting a student’s privilege of being an active participant in the graduation ceremony may be appealed to the Jefferson Davis Parish School Board. The decision of the School Board is final.
No student will be allowed to participate in commencement exercises until they have successfully completed all requirements set forth by the State Department of Education as outlined in Bulletin 741 and in local school policy manual.
In order to be considered a candidate for valedictorian or salutatorian of a graduating class, a student must complete ½ of the credits in the school from which he or she is graduating.
1. Selection of Honor Graduates:
Any student obtaining a 3.5 average or above would be considered an honor graduate regardless of curriculum.
(If subject is used as unit of credit, it will be counted.)
1. All honor graduates will be determined at the end of the sixth six weeks marking period and graduates must
complete ½ of the credits at that school.
(In the event of high school consolidation within the parish, the credits and grades earned at the discontinued
school(s) will be considered to have been earned at the receiving school for the purpose of determining academic
2. Commencement addresses by the Valedictorian/s and Salutatorian/s shall be written and approved by the Principal/
designee before the last regular date of attendance. Furthermore, if said address is not approved by the principal, the address will be omitted from the graduation ceremony.
3. Attendance at graduation practice shall be mandatory. Exceptions will be considered when prior arrangements have
been made with the principal.
5. Dress and behavior during practice procedures will adhere to school policies for dress and behavior.
6. Stoles and or chords worn for graduation should be based solely on academic excellence of students
demonstrating a 3.5 GPA or higher, and those meeting the academic requirements for Senior BETA.
NOTE***STUDENTS NEED TO UNDERSTAND THAT (GPA) IS DETERMINED BY THE TOTAL NUMBER OF CLASSES TAKEN AND THE FINAL GRADE IN THOSE CLASSES AND THAT THIS CAN AFFECT THE OVERALL CLASS RANKINGS INCLUDING VALEDICTORIAN/S AND SALUTATORIAN/S. GPA WILL BE ROUNDED TO THE NEAREST THOUSANDTH. (EX. 3.9621 ROUNDS TO 3.962)
Students should also realize that participating in the graduation ceremony is a privilege and not a right. With this understood, any student expelled and/or sent to the Alternative School will not be allowed to participate in Lacassine High’s Graduation ceremony.
To provide high school students with the knowledge and skills to succeed in their post-secondary and career pursuits, Louisiana has adopted graduation requirements and options to meet today’s college and workplace demands.
The complete policy can be found in §2318 and §2319 of Bulletin 741 located in the Louisiana Department of Education website (http://www.doe.state.la.us/).
By the end of the eighth grade, students should start developing their Individual Graduation Plan (IGP). This plan is aimed at helping students explore the educational and career possibilities that are available to them. IGPs are required for all students as a result of legislation passed during the 2009 Legislative session.
Also in 2009, state policymakers passed legislation to create an alternative Career Diploma, with the goal of improving Louisiana’s graduation rate and providing students with career and technical training to enter the workplace after high school. The Career Diploma was implemented in the 2009-2010 school year.